Toys 'R' Us Shoppers Stunned To Find Their Layaway Gifts Had Been Paid In Full

Santa came to one New Jersey neighborhood early this year, and many parents who were stressed out about holiday obligations are breathing a sigh of relief. A man went into a toy store and paid for more than 8,000 toys on layaway. None of the orders were his.

Layaway programs are popular around the holiday season because they give parents struggling to pay the bills a chance to pay off their kids' Christmas presents. It's especially important for low-income parents who don't have credit cards, and can't manage to save up a lump sum of cash.

For people living paycheck to paycheck, emergencies are always coming up that makes the paycheck go as fast as it comes.

On Black Friday, a man known only as Charlie K. went to a Toys 'R' Us in Cherry Hill with his son and walked up to the layaway counter. Instead of getting his son toys, the two paid for 60 layaway orders.

In addition, Charlie also asked everyone in the store to pick three items for Toys for Tots, a nonprofit run by the United States Marines. The Christmas charity program that works to provide underprivileged families with toys for their kids.

In all, Charlie spent $10,000 that day and left without a single thing for himself.

Charlie told CBS 3 News that he wanted to give back to his community. “I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family... I love this community, and I am trying to provide back to it.”

People who had eked out enough money to go put a payment on their layaway gifts were shocked to find out the bill had been paid. For some people, it was a tremendous relief.

One woman had a balance of $75 for an Xbox she was buying for her grandson. She had recently quit her job because she had complications after a surgery and couldn't work anymore, so she didn't know how she was going to pay off the gift she'd chosen. She was thrilled to find out Charlie took care of it.

This isn't the first time that someone has done something like this. Another shopper went to a Pennsylvania Walmart last year and paid off more than $46,000 in layaway items.

In Bellingham, Massachusetts in 2014, some anonymous donor paid off $20,000 worth of layaway items for shoppers at a Toy's 'R' Us. In 2013, someone did the same thing at a Florida Walmart.

Some cities have even reported that generous citizens have been stashing cash out in public places, or sticking large bills under toys or supermarket items, so that random people can find a surprise.

Charlie swears this is the first year he's ever done anything like this. He’s not behind all these random acts of kindness. That must mean that Santa has a lot of really generous helpers out there.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Raysonho/Wikimedia, YouTube, U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia

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