Secret Santas in 3 States Spread Cheer, $100 Bills

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Some needy people in Missouri are receiving a
bit of holiday cheer again this year, thanks to two secret Santas.

One from the Kansas City area and the other from the St. Louis area have doled out $20,000 in $100 bills, hugs and words of encouragement to unsuspecting souls in need.

The secret Santas are protDegDes of Kansas City's undercover gift giver, Larry Stewart, who died of cancer nearly two years ago.
Stewart roamed city streets each December doling out $100 bills to
anyone who looked like they might need a lift.

The money is given without judgment, but on the condition that the receiver pass along a kindness to someone else.

The secret Santas want to expand their operation to every state. So far there are nine givers operating in Charlotte, Phoenix, St. Louis and Kansas City. They plan to start giving in Detroit this holiday season.

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