Secret Santa distributed $ 30,000 to strangers in need, but it was his words that moved them
San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands –A Secret Santa is about to do some of its best work yet in Southeast Arizona.
After a blessing from the Medicine Man and a briefing for his Elf recruits, this Secret Santa, an anonymous businessman, decided to give $ 30,000 in $ 100 bills to random strangers in the Apache tribal lands. of San Carlos.
âI have always felt, inside my soul, a spiritual connection with Native Americans,â he said.
Almost half of the more than 10,000 people living in Arizona’s tribal lands live below the poverty line.
âIt’s going to put more food on the table – more for my family to eat,â said a woman named Grandma Rose.
Elijah Cooke was grateful for the gift but was planning to give it to someone who needed it most. âI didn’t have any food, really,â Cooke said. “I think it’s fine with my dad, he needs it more.”
After receiving her gift, Velma Wilson said she could finally buy her grandchildren what they were asking for: kitty litter.
And yet, even here, where the need is so great, Secret Santa says it’s not about the money. It’s never about money.
âWhether you are Native American, African American, Christian American, American on the left, American on the right, kindness is that common language among all of us,â he said.
Maybe that’s why most people didn’t cry when they got the bills, but when he made them feel like a million bucks.
âDo you know how special you are? He said to a woman. “You are a beautiful spirit,” he said to another person.
âYou are an example to all moms. You are amazing,â he told Nelvena Cobb, who received $ 400 but appreciated the comments much more.
âJust to hear it feels good,â Cobb said. “It helped me a lot.”
This holiday season, few of us will have the resources to give back like this, but Secret Santa says we can all have an equal impact using our wealth of words.
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