Secret Santas Pay Off Nearly $300,000 in Layaways for Hundreds of Families

Secret Santas Pay Off Nearly $300,000 in Layaways for Hundreds of Families

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A pair of “Secret Santas” have shelled out a total of $286,000 to give a merrier Christmas to families struggling with holiday budgets.

Two anonymous benefactors have paid for every item put on layaway at four Walmart stores — two in Ohio and two more in Pennsylvania.

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Friday, a man known as “Santa B” in central Pennsylvania paid-off a total of $180,000 remaining on customers’ layaways. That holiday gift cleared the debts from nearly 400 purchases.

Store managers say the same man paid for $50,000 worth of layaway purchases last year.

In northeast Ohio, another secret Santa sent checks totaling $106,000 to pay off what customers owed at two different Walmarts. Items on that list ranged from a pair of socks to a 70-inch television.

Customer Tara Neal had only paid $10 toward a “Frozen”-themed bed for her daughter when the Secret Santa swept in and covered the remaining $80 she owed.

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“It’s such a blessing to know there are still people out there that care. It’s like Santa, like a real Santa to me,” Neal told WEWS News.

(WATCH the video below from WEWS News / READ more at Harrisburg Patriot News) — Photo: Matti Mattila, CC


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