St. Nicholas of Cusa, 347 A.D. had a reputation for secret gift-giving, like putting coins in the shoes of children. He is patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students, and the prototype of Santa Claus. (St. Ni-claus)
He he set up orphanages, hospitals, hostels for the mentally ill, fed the starving in famine, and set up a drainage system so that his people would not die from the diseases incurred by poor hygiene. He freed captives unjustly imprisoned, saved sailors in stormy seas, redeemed young girls who were bound for child prostitution. In everything he did, he wanted to show that our destiny is not to live as animals, but as the children of God.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”