Published: Dec 10, 2013 10:40 AM EST
Updated: Dec 10, 2013 11:11 AM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Some secret santas are surprising people in Southwest Florida with "random acts of kindness." 

Heather and Chaz Danforth started the Christmas cheer tradition to teach their seven-month-old daughter Allie about the importance of giving this time of year.

"I'm teaching my daughter the same values and beliefs that my husband and I value," Heather said.

In the 25 days leading up to Christmas, the family is surprising people with small gestures like a lottery ticket or free Redbox movie.  Each small gift has a note explaining why they're doing it, with a suggestions for others to pay it forward.

"The Christmas season is more about giving than receiving.  We're trying to instill those values in her at a very young age so that she can pay it forward so to speak to other people," she said.

The family is documenting their random acts on Facebook, and plan to create a photo album to look back on in the years to come.