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Santa Comes To Pennsylvania Early, Pays Off $40,000 In Walmart Layaway Bills

There are still 10 days till Christmas, but it seems a real-life Santa Claus has already left the North Pole and headed south to spread holiday cheer. A Walmart in Pennsylvania reports that an anonymous customer went up to the layaway counter and paid the outstanding balance for more than 200 families. A lot of people struggling to afford those gifts are looking forward to a merry Christmas.

The man goes by the name of 'Santa B', according to employees. He went to a Walmart in Everett, PA to help struggling families this holiday season. Those who couldn't immediately afford their gifts were alerted that the presents were paid in full by the generous benefactor.

Santa B spent more than $40,000 on the layaway items, and employees of the store were thrilled to report the news.

“In this area, you don’t hear a lot, I mean you hear small things where somebody pays somebody’s grocery bill or things like that, but this was pretty big,” said Barbara Karns, an employee of Walmart, to WJAC.

Kristen Martin got the news that the XBox she put on layaway for her children had been paid and was ready for pick-up. She was so shaken by the unexpected good deed she could hardly get to the store. "I was like driving and shaking. Look at me, I’m shaking. It’s crazy," she said.

She says her kids are going to love the gift, but as a mom, it means even more to her. “I think it means more to me, but I think they’ll be happy. I remember when I was growing up for Christmas. I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that,” said Martin.

Santa B has been to Walmart before during the Christmas season to brighten peoples' holidays. According to the store, he paid off more than $46,000 in layaway bills last year.

That kind of generosity is catching on during the holiday season as other stores across the nation have reported secret Santas coming around to pay the layaway bills, or to stock up for charities like Toys for Tots.

In New Jersey earlier this month, a man walked into a Toys 'R' Us with his son and paid off almost $11,000 on 62 different orders. He also asked everyone in the store to pick three toys for Toys for Tots, and he paid another $2,000 for those. The man, known as Charlie K, says that his community has given a lot to him, and after having a good business year he wanted to give back.

In another Walmart in California, a man paid the layaway for everyone at a Corona store.

It’s not just retail store layaway counters that are seeing a lot of charitable action. A waitress in Scottsdale, Arizona claims she got a $2,000 tip this weekend from a generous diner who only had a $17 tab.

In Kansas, the Shawnee Police Department have been handing out wads of cash. An anonymous donor gave them $10,000 to spread around at their discretion. What a great way to spread the love and warmth of the season!

Source: Fox News, HuffPost
Photo: Pixabay, WJAC

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