The Kindly Robin came from the pen of the Castell Brothers, who were also known for their picture books, like this one of Canada. Can't find much more about them. Giving alms is the true spirit of the season. However, it wasn't easy to get assistance in early America. You had to appeal to the local judge for assistance, who would deem whether you were worthy or not. Best to remember Anne Frank's thoughts on the subject,
"No one has ever become poor by giving."