STATES CHRONICLE – Christmas come early this year, as an anonymous donor has paid off layaways in Ohio.
The items were purchased from two Wal-Mart stores in Ohio and they included toys, a 70-inch television and even a pair of socks. Collectively, they amounted to $106,000.
The person responsible for this unexpected present wished to remain unnamed, but he did tell the Walmart staff that he liked to do this every year on his birthday.He paid $70,000 for layaway gadgets in Cleveland and another $36,000 to a store in Lorain.
An item is on layaway when a customer makes a deposit on it so that the store will reserve it, and pays the remainder later. The customer cannot claim the item until they have paid for it in full.
Walmart representatives have said that these kinds of donations are not uncommon, especially around this time of year. But this year, the donations have been more generous than before. Other two donors have settled layaway debts of $100,000 each in Florida and Pennsylvania.And another person in Tulsa, Oklahoma has informed the Walmart staff of their intention to donate $25,000 to one of their stores and $100 gift cards.
Toys R Us representatives have also revealed the receiving of $50,000 from mystery donors, which settled the accounts of about 300 people.Kmart has also been on the receiving end of generous donations.And over the past few years, many other stores around the country, like a Moraine retailer and a Lockland retailer received hefty sums to pay for customers’ layaways.
These selfless actions have definitely contributed to the spreading of cheer among the indebted customers.
Tara Neal, for instance, had made a $10 deposit on a mattress and had an additional $80 to pay. But now she is thrilled that she can take it home early to her three-year-old daughter. She said that having her debt paid anonymously was like receiving a present from Santa Claus.
Cathie Cromwell said that she just cried when she learned about the deed. She marveled at how superb it was for somebody to give her a helping hand for the holidays. Without such openhearted acts of kindness, less fortunate people might not even have been able to celebrate Christmas properly.
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