'Secret Santa' pays off $29,000 worth of Walmart layaway items

By Ben Hooper

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Customers at a Pennsylvania Walmart store were shocked to discover a "Secret Santa" had paid off $29,000 worth of layaway items at the store.

The Walmart store in Kennett Square confirmed an anonymous benefactor known only to a small handful of employees paid off the $29,000 bill, helping hundreds of customers finish their Christmas shopping.


"When customers quietly pay off others' layaway items, we're reminded how good people can be," Walmart said in a statement provided to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're honored to be a small part of these random acts of kindness."

Christine Jackson said her $141 worth of toys and gifts were among the items paid off by the Secret Santa.

"I can't breathe right now. I don't know if you can hear it or not but I'm trying not to use my inhaler because I have asthma but I'm just so excited," Jackson told WPVI-TV. "I've been in an all-time high. When you look at that it's nothing but God working. Do you hear me?"

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