Secret Santas Paying Off Kmart Bills

Anonymous donors across the nation are spreading good cheer by helping those in need.

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Holiday grinches can head back to Whoville. This season, secret Santas are finding ways to help their neighbors out.

We’ve reported on diamonds being dropped in Salvation Army red kettles and an Iowa woman who paid off the utility bills of 17 people in need. Now, the Associated Press reports, a number of anonymous people are paying off layaway accounts at Kmart stores nationwide.

At an Indianapolis store, one woman paid the layaway balances for about 50 people, also doling out $50 bills and paying for another woman’s two carts full of toys, according to the news service.

“She was doing it in the memory of her husband who had just died, and she said she wasn't going to be able to spend it and wanted to make people happy with it,” the store’s assistant manager, Edna Deppe, tells the AP. “It was like an angel fell out of the sky and appeared in our store.”

Other Kmarts, in Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Montana, are reporting similar generous gestures, the news service adds.

“It is honestly being driven by people wanting to do a good deed at this time of the year,” Salima Yala, the Kmart division vice president for layaway, tells the AP.

And what happened then?

“Well, in Whoville [and Kmarts] they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day.”

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First Published December 19, 2011

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