Anonymous Giver Donates $900 to Pay for Elementary School Kids’ Lunches

posted: 12/14/16
by: Blythe Copeland
Secret Santa

If you've been feeling a stronger-than-usual urge to donate to a charitable organization this holiday season, you're not alone. On Giving Tuesday -- the companion to Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- generous givers donated $168 million to national and local charities; according to NPR, that's a 44 percent increase from 2015.

But finding a worthy cause that's important to you doesn't have to mean thinking on a national scale. Most of us have plenty of people in our own community who could use a little extra help -- which may have been the motivation behind a "Secret Santa" who paid the overdue lunch fees for 44 students at HW Good Elementary School in Herminie, Pa. The anonymous donor called to ask the school for the outstanding balance, and then dropped off a check -- for more than $900 -- without fanfare.

School principal Amy Larcinese told ABC News, "For some of our kids, the only two meals they get a day are when they're here at school. We have a lot of families in really hard times. He is making such a difference in their lives. Sometimes, all we see are the sad things going on in the world, so it's really, really nice to know there are great people out there that would give up their things to help others."

Via Good Housekeeping