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Man gives away $1,000 while pretending to be homeless

Businessman Jonnie Wright gave away nearly $1,000, all while dressed as a homeless man on Christmas Eve in Des Moines, Iowa. 

REPORTER: "Rob Taylor was waiting in the left hand turn lane when he handed the man some cash."

TAYLOR: "He immediately handed me back a blank envelope."

REPORTER: "It wasn't until later he opened up the envelope and found this letter." (Via KCCI)

The letter explained Wright wasn't homeless. Taylor's envelope also had a $10 bill tucked inside. 

WRIGHT: "This has been a bucket list thing." (Via KCCI)

WSBT reports Wright thought this was a great way to give back.

"In just a few hours, Jonnie gave away 50 letters ... he also donated the money he received to an emergency shelter in Iowa." 

The letter also encouraged people to keep the money, spend it, pay it forward ... or whatever that person's heart told them to do.  (Via WBAL

"He says his message is simple. It's better to give than receive, and sometimes, it takes a homeless man to remind us what the holiday season is all about." (Via KTHV

Some of the envelopes even had $100 bills inside. (Via Wikimedia Commons/Bureau of Engraving and Printing)

One of those Ben Franklin envelopes went to a woman who said she had $16 to her name and didn't know how she could buy her children Christmas presents. 

- See more at newsy.com.  

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