Christmas came early for hundreds of families thanks to Tyler Perry.

Earlier this week, the actor and filmmaker paid for all of the layaway items at two Walmarts in his city of Atlanta, Georgia.

Between the two stores, Perry ended up paying for $432,635 worth of layaways. All the lucky shoppers have to do is pay one penny at the time of pick-up to take their items home.

Though the movie star tried to do the good deed anonymously, he says that unforeseen circumstances revealed him as the Secret Santa.

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“Merry Christmas to everybody!” Perry said in a Twitter video formally announcing the gesture. “I know it’s a hard time, a lot of people are struggling, and I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this.”

Amongst the thousands of followers praising Perry for his kindness, the Walmart Twitter page responded to the video by saying: “Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you.”

(WATCH Perry’s announcement video below) – Photo by Tyler Perry

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