Stranger doles out $20,000 Christmas cash

Dec. 26, 2004 at 5:53 PM

DENVER, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Denver's Samaritan House homeless shelter was clueless Sunday as to the identity of a stranger who handed out $100 bills to nearly 250 residents.

"He told us that he had been down in the past and he had some hard times and he wanted to give something back," said Brian Jones, a shelter residential coordinator on duty Christmas Eve, when the man made his delivery. "But that's as much as he would say."

Shelter managers estimate the stranger, who said he was once homeless, distributed a total of $20,000 to $25,000 to the shelter's residents, the Denver Post reported.

The Good Samaritan was accompanied by a man who appeared to be a bodyguard.

Franciscan Friends of the Poor, which is raising money to build a 4,500-square foot homeless shelter in Denver, also got a large anonymous gift of cash just before Christmas, 9News reported. The Franciscans received a box containing $20,000 and a note suggesting the money be used "For Your New Building."

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