Texas charity finds $50,000 donation hidden in nativity scene

From dropping off money at a nativity scene to Secret Santa, secret donations are all the rage this year.
Dec 21, 2015

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  • When people look at nativity scenes during the Christmas season, they often find the greatest gift God could give.

  • But for a children's charity in Texas, one look at a nearby nativity scene showed them another kind of gift.

  • The Children's Home in Amarillo, Texas found a check for $50,000 hidden in their Christmas display, ABC News reported.

  • "As you can imagine, we were just taken back," Darrin Murphy of the Children's Home told ABC News.

  • The donation will go towards helping the organization provide homes for "at-risk youth," ABC News reported.

  • The donor said he often sees these children interact with their new families, which inspired him to donate money to make sure more children find a new home, ABC News reported.

  • This isn't the first time this holiday season that surprise donations have occurred. A Secret Santa in Ohio has paid off more than $100,000 in layaway gifts, including such gifts as socks and televisions, ABC-7 reported.

  • "I just cried," customer Cathie Cromwell told ABC-7. "It's amazing someone would have this much compassion during the Christmas season to help us. To help people who maybe wouldn't have had Christmas."

  • And that Santa isn't the only one helping others. As Today.com reported, Secret Santas across the United States have paid off almost $500,000 in layaway gifts this year.

  • "We have people doing some incredible things throughout the year," Wal-Mart spokesman Wyatt Jefferies told Today, "but we've never seen this happen where we have so many six-figure amounts being paid off in different areas."

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