Secret Santas: Top Stories Of Generous Anonymous Holiday Donations (SLIDESHOW)

12/21/2011 01:11 pm ET | Updated Dec 21, 2011

It's not just office parties and weekend gatherings where you'll find Secret Santas these days.

Across the country, anonymous donors are going beyond simple random acts of kindness, making a real difference in the lives of people in need. With recent reports of an increase in the number of low-income and poor families, it may be that these gestures of generosity come at a time when they're needed most.

Check out the top stories of anonymous giving this holiday season, ranging from a $10,000 gift for a Stage Four cancer patient to a motel stay for a would-be homeless family.