The Canton town, Mississippi experienced Christmas very early when a generous and secret Santa decided to pick up the tab for over 300 layaway tickets at the local Walmart.
An anonymous donor who approached the management of the store and made an offer they just couldn’t refuse: The jolly old elf offered to make good on every layaway ticket they were holding for customers who had yet to pay or fully pay for their merchandise.
We are yet to know the exact amount of the donation, but guesstimates are that the secret Santa laid out a sizable chunk of change to make sure that the holidays of his neighbors would turn out to be bright, merry, and stress free.
This year has been hard for almost everyone, and those who have gained from this Santa’s generosity are indeed very grateful and happy for the kind gesture.
One Madison County woman named Belinda Brooks who was gifted several times over told WLBT News not only would the unexpected boon mean she could take some days off but that her child would get everything on his wishlist. “I will get everything he asked for, so I’m good on that as long as he’s happy. I’m fine with that,” she said.
A Walmart spokesperson later revealed that even after all the layaways had been paid for, since many of the on-hold items had been reduced in price, thanks to cash register adjustments there’d been a not-so-small stocking-full of funds left over.
In the spirit of the season, the store passed the good cheer along to a pair of local toy drives and the hunger relief organization Feeding America—putting an extra helping of merry ho-ho-ho in the holidays for some folks who needed it most.