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Walmart Layaways Paid Off by Mystery Santa [Video]



  • A person donated $64,995.51 at the Walmart in Bristol, Tennessee to pay all remaining layaways balance.
  • Shoppers whose layaways have been paid see it as a Christmas miracle and the donor as Santa.
  • In 2019, at a different Walmart in Alabama, a man also gave $45,000 to pay layaways.

When shopper April Hilliard got a message from Walmart’s management that her layaways had been paid off, she was emotional. She just broke down and started crying.

She said: “That restores my faith.  It’s like a Christmas miracle. He’s Santa, that’s what he is. He’s a Santa to everyone here.”

Every shopper whose layaway items had been paid by an anonymous generous “Santa” at the Walmart in Bristol felt the same way. Santa and Christmas came early in Tennessee.  

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In a statement, Store Manager Kris Light says, “It’s especially touching when customers pay off others’ layaways during the holiday season and serves as another example of the generosity our customers show year-round.”

The company is honored that it had played a small role in acts of kindness. The donor’s primary reason behind the act “was to positively affect as many people as possible.”

The anonymous “Santa” donated $64,995.51 to pay the balance of items placed on the store’s layaway.

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Shopper Lloyd Leonard thought that it was weird that he received a notification that his items had been paid off.

The manager explained, “Yeah somebody came in this morning at 6 o’clock and paid everybody’s layaway. But he wants me to tell you that he loves you, God bless you and Merry Christmas.”

This is not the first instance that generous donors pay layaways. In 2019, a man gave $45,000 at a Walmart in Anniston, Alabama with a note that said, “God loves you. Jesus paid the price.”

At a different Walmart in Oxford City, $25,000 in layaway balances was also paid by an anonymous donor.

Walmart spokesman Casey Staheli at that time said, “We see it quite frequently around the holiday season. There’s a lot of kind and really generous people who make a difference.”

Thank you, generous Santas!


Source: PEOPLE