They're calling them "Layaway Angels." It could be your neighbor, a family member or a complete stranger you have never even seen. These generous donors are randomly spending hundreds of dollars to pay off stranger's layaway accounts just in time for Christmas.
"We've had a dozen so far, and the biggest one has been about $300 where they came in and paid off a customer's layaway," Thomas Hinkle, Lubbock's Kmart store manager said.
These Layaway Angels want no recognition, they simply want to brighten someone's Christmas. They've spent thousands of dollars at the local Kmart, ensuring children across town have presents to unwrap this Christmas.
"To see something like this, especially this time of year - just a random act of kindness in the spirit of giving - it's just fantastic. What a great community," Hinkle said.
Hinkle says these anonymous angels come into the store and ask to pay off people's accounts, mostly those who previously had trouble paying them or have items like toys and children's clothes. The donors will leave just a small amount, like a penny, to keep the account active - a truly selfless gift that is sure to surprise many this holiday season.
"They've got to feel ecstatic. I mean, what a great feeling to know that there are people in the community that reach out and help others in a time of need," Hinkle said.
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