'Secret Santa' Walks into a Struggling School and Pays Off All the Outstanding Lunch Bills

Thanks to a Good Samaritan’s generous act, dozens of kids at an elementary school in Herminie, Pa., won’t go hungry. The unidentified man brought much-needed relief to struggling families at H.W. Good Elementary this week by paying off all of their overdue lunch balances. Amy Larcinese, the principal of the western Pennsylvania school, said the "Secret Santa" walked into the school on Wednesday and made a generous donation of $864 to pay the overdue amounts of 40 students.

Via Fox 4 News: 

Nearly half the kids at the school are from financially struggling families and who qualify for free and reduced school lunches.

Like at other public schools, students who don’t quality for free lunches have accounts where parents put in money every month. But sometimes — especially around this time of the year when household expenses rise — some of those accounts go into the red.

On Wednesday, a man came in through the school doors and wrote a check for $864 to wipe off all those overdue amounts. He then offered to provide funds to cover one child’s lunch for the rest of the school year.

“This time of year can be a financial burden,” Janet Sardon, superintendent of the Yough School District, told CNN. “His intent was to relieve that burden a little bit.”

A debt of $864 for 40 students averages out to about $21.00 apiece. Now, the school is drafting letters to send as a surprise to the students’ families—although the news reports might reach them first!

The superintendent expressed her appreciation for the good deed. “Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of our students,” Sardon said.