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Secret Santa goes viral: More layaway angels

  • 'It was just a little miracle,' store manager says
  • Secret Santa good deeds are catching on nationwide
Secret Santa goes viral: More layaway angels

Need some holiday cheer? Visit a layaway counter.

The latest in a string of “Secret Santas" layaway pay-offs were reported in Ohio and Las Vegas, with more anonymous Good Samaritans paying off accounts.

In Avon, Ohio, one donor paid about $8,800 in layaway bills for 23 people at a Walmart Saturday, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.

“He said it was hard to pick one or two. I was like, ‘Whoa,’” store manager Tammy Pistore said. “It was just a little miracle yesterday. It was really cool.”

In Las Vegas, WIVB reports some “generous souls” are visiting stores to lend a hand to those needing a little extra help this holiday.

“I just love walking up to families that you can tell are definitely shopping for children,” one Secret Santa told the station. “You can tell they are looking for sale items, and you can tell they are trying to stretch their dollar the most.”

“You walk up to them and being able to give them a gift card, and have their balances paid off right there in the store – you can’t put a price tag on that kind of feeling,” the anonymous donor said.

“You just want to cry,” said customer Tabitha Turnbo, according to WIVB. “We cried in the line because one of the Secret Santas handed a customer a $100 bill because she was going to return her layaway, and the lady was like, ‘I want to pay hers off,’ and she just handed the lady a $100 bill.”

In recent days, a number of Secret Santas have been spotted nationwide. A “layaway angel” in Indiana spent thousands of dollars and paid off bills for 50 shoppers last week. It all started with a Secret Santa in Michigan, who inspired a copycat act of kindness, with a total of 16 layaway accounts paid off.

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