Tis the season, at least for all those folks in Derby, Vermont, who found their Walmart layaway orders all paid off by a secret Santa who wants to remain anonymous (as all secret Santas should).
The unidentified man waked into the Walmart in Derby on Thursday and opened his wallet wide, the store reported.
“I get goosebumps thinking that — that is the true magic of Christmas,” said Julie Gates, a witness to the event. “That’s the Christmas spirit walking among us.”
Gates then said, “There were people ahead of me that were eight-, nine-hundred dollar layaways.”
Gates added that the man asked her if she intended to put more items on layaway and if she did, she may as well go get the items and bring them to the counter.
She quickly ran off, gathered up her items, and true to his word he was still standing there waiting to pay for her items.
“This can’t be,” Gates said. “Who can afford to just pay for everyone’s layaway? And he said, ‘Santa Claus can.'”
The store did not say just how much their secret Santa paid to close out the layaway tabs for all its customers, according to WCAX-TV.
Walmart customer Tammy Desautels was utterly shocked when she was told that her tab had been paid.
“It was kind of like surreal when they said no balance due, then it was really a reality,” Desautels said. “Really have a feeling that there is hope for mankind or whatever. There’s still good people out there.”
So, Merry Christmas, Derby, Vermont. And a ho, ho, ho to you all.
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