Mysterious “Santas” Pay Off Nearly $500,000 in Layaway Bills

posted: 12/17/15
by: TLCme
picture of a paid off cash register at layaway transaction

Just when you think it's all doom and gloom in the world, a heartwarming story of the kindness of strangers to make you feel a little better about the world.

Take this story of mysterious "secret santas" who paid off the layaway bills of strangers -- just in time for the holiday. Anonymous donors paid a total of nearly $500,000 in layaway tabs for customers across three states (Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida).

One of the lucky recipients of the generosity of an anonymous donor posted to Facebook about his gratitude:

In an interview with a local TV station, Tracy Folks, another Pennsylvania shopper spoke about how she was so surprised, overwhelmed and grateful to find her bill paid off. "It's been a rough year this year," she said, tearfully. "Today was definitely a big deal."

Etzle and Folks are just two of an estimated hundreds of Walmart customers who've had their bills covered by these good samaritans. One other lucky Walmart customer in Ohio, Tara Neal, was able to pay off a Frozen-themed bed for her 3-year-old daughter thanks to the generosity of a stranger. She told ABC News: "This is probably the best Christmas I've ever had, I'm just super happy."