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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 2:44am

Mystery Santa Buys Gift Cards For Hungry

Updated: 5 years ago.
An anonymous man bought gift cards at a Waycross McDonald’s and asked the store to distribute them to the hungry and homeless. The store’s owner is matching the value and giving them to two south Georgia charities. (Photo Courtesy of Surat Lozowick via Flickr.)

The owner of a south Georgia McDonald's restaurant says a man walked in and bought $500 in gift cards, then handed them back to the manager and asked that they be used for the hungry and homeless.

Brian Fey, owner of the Waycross fast-food establishment, says the man left no name.

Fey tells The Florida Times-Union that he thinks the man's gift was a display of the true Christmas spirit.

Fey said he then took half the cards, which are in $25 increments as the buyer requested, to the Sweetwater Baptist Church homeless shelter in Waycross and was giving the rest to the Pierce County Food Pantry in Blackshear.

Fey also said he is matching the donation dollar-for-dollar and will double the number of cards contributed to each organization.