By: Liz Tufts

ABC Family has announced that they are behind the “Pop Up Santa” giveaway craze that's been sweeping the nation since it's start on November 11th.

The Pop Up Santa initiative features over 50 local giveaways, surprising lucky passersby with gift cards, winter accessories, and more.

If you walked down
Thayer Street
near the Kartarbar last week, you may have noticed the giveaway vending machine where, surprisingly, no money was required.

“Pop Up Santa” is going on nationwide and will continue through December 9th.

“This is actually a nationwide movement to once again spread the holiday cheer, get everyone geared up for the holidays and it's happening from all the way in
stretching all the way into
Rhode Island
,” says one organizer.

Organizers kept a tight lip about the operation, as some people were a little skeptical to push the vending machine button, but when they did there were instant smiles.

ABC Family also released the official Pop Up Santa experience today which can be found at
. The experience is a digital companion to the on-air initiative that allows fans to win Pop Up Santa items even if they do not live in the selected cities.

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