At KMart and Wall-Mart stores throughout the country, Secret Santas are paying off the layaway accounts of impoverished families, especially toys and childrens clothing.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.
He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.
“She told him, `No, I’m paying for it,'” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”
The woman who paid this man’s account, also paid off the accounts of another 50 layaway customers and then handed out $50 bills to customers as she left.
Dona Bremser, an Omaha nurse, was at work when a Kmart employee called to tell her that someone had paid off the $70 balance of her layaway account, which held nearly $200 in toys for her 4-year-old son.
“I was speechless,” Bremser said. “It made me believe in Christmas again.”
Dozens of other customers have received similar calls in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana. It seems to have begun in Michigan in KMart and Wall-Mart stores and it is spreading.
People who receive the calls are often breaking down in tears. Read here: CBS