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Secret Santa Paying Off Stranger’s Kmart Layaways


PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — Santa Claus has come early to some shoppers at the Kmart in Palmer.

It seems someone has been stopping into the store and anonymously paying off the balances of customers making purchases on layaway.

“They let us know that they want to pick a layaway with toys or infant clothing. We are able to go into our system and pick out those layaways that have those items. They let us know how much money to put down on each layaway and then we notify the customer that a Secret Santa came in,” says David Cooper of Kmart.

The mysterious benefactor seems to target those buying holiday gifts for kids.

In one case, handing $500 to the Kmart manager and telling him to pay off a layaway balances.

Cooper then contacts the customer with the good news. “They are usually pretty shocked sometimes. We have women actually crying, thanking the anonymous person for putting money down and then they come in and pick up the layaway and they are very excited,” he says.

“That would be beautiful…very nice. I don’t know why people would do it but kindness of the heart. That would be something nice for the holidays for sure,” adds Dennis Rock from Palmer

Cooper says the Secret Santa trend is nothing new for Kmart shoppers.

“Last year, it started and it almost went viral throughout Kmart throughout the country. There were various Secret Santas that came in some stores had thousands of dollars that were put into layaway,” Cooper notes.

All designed to bring out one feeling from people struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season

“Very happy because sometimes it’s very hard in money and I could use the help,” says Alexandria Symons of Palmer.

Kmart says they welcome anyone who wants to help those in need during this holiday season

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