Photograph from Yonhap.
Jeonju's Secret Santa (or angel without a face, 얼굴 없는 천사) visited the Nosong-dong Community Center (노송동 주민센터) in Wangsan-gu on the 28th.
데일리안 writes that he or she brought 80,265,920 won (USD 69,120) this time:
박스 안에는 5만원권 100장이 묶여진 돈다발 10개(5천만원)와 만원권 100장이 묶여진 다발 30개(3천만원), 그리고 잔돈이 들어있는 돼지저금통, 결식아동돕기용으로 제작된 사랑의 빵저금통 각 1개씩에 들어있던 26만5천9백2십원(500원짜리 20만1천5백원, 100원짜리 6만천8백원, 50원짜리 천7백5십원, 10원짜리 8백70원) 등을 포함해 총 8천26만5천9백20원이 들어 있었다.
From the Korea Times on the 29th:
The center believes the donor is a man as the caller has been male since 2002, though the ages of the callers sound different.
In 2000, the money was delivered by an elementary school student and in 2001 by a man in his 20s. Since 2002, the donor has made donations by calling the center to inform them where he has put the money.
"The voices have not been the same. Sometime it was thought to be a man in his 60s and other times it sounds like someone between 30 and 50," another center official said.
Still, Han and other officials believe the donor is the same man and he has some link to Nosong-dong.
"We have been waiting for the call for days and are so relieved that he made it," Han said. "I believe he has close links to our village. He could be from this town or might be a resident."
The money has been deposited with the account of the charity organization Community Chest of Korea and will be spent to help poor residents in the village with the population of 16,900.
"In Nosong-dong, there are 631 poor households receiving government subsidies and 218 seniors living alone," the center chief said. "As he donated a large amount of money, more households will be able to receive aid."
Han said his village has become famous thanks to the faceless angel. "I hope his covert charity will become a small impetus for people to care for their needy neighbors."
Last year the Times wrote that the donor left instructions:
``We are glad that such a warmhearted person lives here. As the Santa wants, we will distribute the 20 million won to 100 households with child breadwinners in the area,'' Park Myeong-hee, head of the residents' center, said.
The Herald says the original donor may be dead:
Unlike in previous years, a note accompanied this year's gift indicating that the original donor had passed away. City officials believe the amount given this year included the money received at the deceased's funeral.