Anonymous 'Santa' pays off $65K in layaway balances at Tennessee Walmart

  • 19 Dec - 25 Dec, 2020
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Santa Claus visited Tennessee several weeks early this year! An anonymous shopper came into a Walmart in the city of Bristol on Monday and donated $64,995.51 to pay the balance of items placed on the store's layaway. Shopper Lloyd Leonard told that he initially thought it was "weird" that he got a notification that his items had been paid off, but a manager soon let him know about the magic behind it. "She said, 'Yeah somebody came in this morning at 6 o'clock and paid everybody's layaway,'" Leonard recalled of the manager's message. "'But he wants me to tell you that he loves you, God bless you and Merry Christmas.'" The Tennessee instance is only the latest example of Walmart layaways being paid off by generous, anonymous "secret Santas" in recent years over the holiday season. In 2019, a man made a donation at a Walmart in Anniston, Alabama, handing over about $45,000 to cover any remaining layaway balances.