It's nice getting cash for Christmas, isn't it? It means that person knows there's no point in giving you some shit slippers of a Lynx gift set, but just stone cold money to spend on whatever the fuck you want.

But what if your money came from some absolute random - and it came attached with a note saying 'Jesus loves you'?

Dozens of families in and around Linden Close in Walsall, West Midlands, had a pretty sweet - albeit a bit weird - Christmas surprise, after an anonymous person posted cash-filled envelopes through their doors.

It happened as the clock struck midnight on Christmas Day, making whoever it was something of a Father Christmas figure for the people of Linden Close. But Father Christmas with a religious twist - each enveloped was marked with the words 'Jesus loves you'.

Credit: Kirsty Tapper

The surprise Christmas presents were dished out to around 60 homes, The Sun reports, and each envelope contained £50 or £100. Delivering such generous handouts to that many homes means this must've been one expensive night for the mystery man.

NHS housekeeper Kirsty Tapper, who works at Walsall Manor Hospital, was one of the lucky recipients.

The 26-year-old said: "I wasn't feeling at all festive as I had just finished work and knew I also had to work on Christmas Day - this really changed my mood.

"It's an amazingly generous thing to do and I am sure this man had helped make Christmas for a lot of people. He's a real life Santa Claus.

"It really lifts your spirits to think that a total stranger would give away so much money at a time when cash can be so tight."

Credit: Kirsty Tapper

Apparently one of her neighbours even saw the 'real life Santa Claus', and has described the man as Jamaican. Originally the neighbour thought he was just delivering leaflets.

"I would love to tell him what an amazing person he is," Kirsty added. "It's nice to know there are people out there who still care for others.

"What happened last night was all about the true meaning of Christmas - which is about putting others first."

Kirsty and her partner Leanne are apparently planning to put the £50 into an Isa for their one-year-old son Roman.

Definitely a pretty decent way to start your Christmas Day, eh? If only every neighbourhood had its own'real life Santa Claus' .

Featured Image Credit: Kirsty Tapper

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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