St Nicholas – whose secret gift giving inspired Santa Claus (Sinterklass from the original Saint Nikolaos) – in his most famous exploit, Nicholas aided a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Even if they did not, unmarried maidens in those days would have been assumed as being a prostitute. Hearing of the girls’ plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas
An early example of a person recognizing that people when given money can resolve some problems for themselves.