Secret Santa Shells Out $40,000 To Pay Off Strangers’ Layaway Items

A generous donor anonymously paid off the Walmart layaway debts for more than 200 Pennsylvania families, spending $40,000 to help complete strangers.

'Tis the season for giving, and some people are spreading holiday cheer to total strangers.

This week, an anonymous donor paid off all the items placed on layaway at a Pennsylvania Walmart, shelling out a whopping $40,000 and helping more than 200 families, according to local CBS affiliate WJAC.

This is actually the generous person’s second consecutive year paying off debts for customers’ holiday gifts. The store employees have been making calls to all of the shoppers with the news that their layaway items are now paid for, however, not even they know the identity of the donor. They reportedly just refer to him as “Santa B.”

"I couldn't wait to get to Walmart. I was, like, driving and shaking. Look at me, I'm shaking. It's crazy," said shopper Kristen Martin, who had her items, which included X-Box games and toys for her kids, paid for. 

The beauty of donating anonymously is that the gesture truly feels genuine as the attention remains on those who have received as opposed to those who gave.

This donor has clearly started a tradition in the town, not for recognition or praise, but to bring joy to their community. Santa Claus may not be real, but there are people doing his job. 

Banner / Thumbnail : Flickr, Marco Verch

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