The surprise giveaway was similar to what a Missouri man did for years. Larry Stewart, of Kansas City, handed out $100 bills during the holidays, but remained anonymous until shortly before his death in 2007.
In Maine, people gasped when they opened the envelopes. Aurea Parker tells the Portland Press Herald she didn't think Santa existed anymore.
Jim Ward, who went to the store to shop for a pair of pants, plans to use the money to take his son out to dinner.