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Christmas Comes Early For Families In One Town After Angel Pays Off Layaway Bills

Layaway is a great help for a lot of families when the holiday season approaches. Without the chance to pay off the gifts on their kids' Christmas lists, a lot of parents might never be able to afford to put anything under the tree. But even with layaway, it's not always easy to keep up with those payments in time. One secret Santa in New Jersey helped out the town by paying the bill for over 200 people.

The manager of a Millville, New Jersey Walmart says that an anonymous donor came in recently and plopped down nearly $50,000 at the layaway counter. He wasn't buying anything for himself; he was treating everyone in the neighborhood to some Christmas cheer. He paid off the bills for 223 families.

When people got the call that their items were paid in full, they couldn't believe it. One woman, Kimberly Green, checked with her daughter who worked at the store because she thought it was too good to be true. With nine grandchildren, she had more than $700 in layaway bills to pay.

When Green was told she could go pick up her items without putting down any more money, she was in shock. "I was like, 'we ain't waiting, we need to go now! We need to be sure this is true!'" she recalls saying when she got the news. Green told Fox 29 News she hurried over to the store to find it was, indeed, true.

“When customers quietly pay off others’ layaway items, we’re reminded how good people can be. The joy that comes from these transactions extends well beyond dollars and cents. We’re honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness,” said Walmart in a statement.

This is not the only Walmart with a secret Santa who has paid off the bills in the layaway department this holiday season. A man in Pennsylvania known as 'Santa B' went into a store and paid off more than $40,000 worth of gifts.

In California, another Walmart customer came in and dropped down thousands of dollars to spread Christmas cheer.

It’s not just happening at Walmart stores, either. Some Toys ‘R’ Us stores have reported random acts of kindness from strangers. One man in New Jersey went to his local Toys ‘R’ Us and paid off more than $10,000 in layaway bills. In addition, he told everyone in the store to pick out three toys for him. He paid another $2,000 for those, and donated them all to Toys for Tots, a charity that helps make sure needy families get gifts to put under the tree for Christmas.

"What can you say but thank you, you know? Like I don't know who it is. I'm not trying to find out. I don't want to take that person's blessing," said Green.

The grandmother notes it takes a huge weight off of her mind. She admitted that with so many grandkids, the Christmas list was 'a challenge' this year. Now, she can relax and enjoy the holidays.

"You kind of can be at ease now. Like OK, you ain't got to worry about that big expense," Green said.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Fox 29

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