Christmas can put a lot of financial stress on families, as previously reported by Dearly.

So when it came to gift shopping this holiday season, Lisa McMillan told Fox 8 it had been a particularly difficult year.

The single mother of five had been putting her family’s Christmas presents on layaway at Longmont Walmart but planned on canceling her items because she could no longer afford them. Then, the struggling mom, along with dozens of other families, received a Christmas miracle.

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A Colorado mystery shopper surprised Walmart customers by paying off $45,000 worth of layaway gifts.

McMillan was one of the families shocked by an unusual act of holiday kindness when an anonymous stranger picked up the tab for their Christmas items last week.

McMillan told Fox:

“I was at work, and I got an email saying that someone had paid off my layaway.

I just froze and was like oh my God, oh my God, this is not happening. I was in shock.”

She continued:

“This year’s been really hard. This came as a really true blessing.”

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Natasha Loper, described the moment that she learned her bill was paid in full by a stranger. Loper said:

“I just started crying.

I was like, this is a miracle. There is good in this world, and people who want to help people.”

The mystery shopper is one of several ‘Secret Santa’s’ lifting a huge holiday burden through generosity.

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In a Vermont, a mystery man dubbed the “Layaway Angel” made someone’s Christmas brighter by paying off one woman’s $199 bill at the checkout counter, reports Inside Edition.

The same thing happened last month in New York.

A Walmart store in Uniondale took to Facebook to thank the customer who paid off all the Christmas layaway.

Thank you to the secret Santa that came in the store today and paid off all the Christmas layaway here at the Uniondale Walmart. Thank you again on behalf of the Uniondale Community.

Posted by Walmart Uniondale on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Generosity seems to have become a trend this holiday season.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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12 Replies to “Struggling Mom Was About to Cancel Her Walmart Layaway Gifts When She Learned a Stranger Covered It”

  • Karon champagne 2 years ago

    That is absolutely amazing. Thank God for putting that act of kindness in someone’s heart..

  • christopher 2 years ago

    Please help if you can?

    • Ty 2 years ago

      you’ve gotta be kidding me. You created that fund a year and a half ago!!! You can’t still be struggling with the same bills. How sad

    • ML 2 years ago

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that insulting people on your GFM page for not giving you enough cash didn’t help your cause. Jerk move.

  • Carolyn A. 2 years ago

    Recently a stranger in line behind me reached around me and gave the cashier something as I realized I didn’t have enough cash and pulled out my credit card to pay for the items I was purchasing. The cashier told me the items I was purchasing were already paid by the man behind me. As I turned to see if I knew him and thank him, he told me to just “play it forward.” What a blessing he was for me that day. I now have played it forward several times to give others the same great feeling..

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Tyler Perry had posted about him going to several Wal-Mart’s and paying off all of the layways that were created before 9:30 am this morning.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      That’s right. Tyler Perry is a wonderful person.?

  • Karen 2 years ago

    The layaway angle has made there way to Douglasville ga. He is a miracle this year to many families

  • Theresa herman 2 years ago

    That was extremely nice good bless them. It’s going to be a tough year for me,this year cause I have a grandson to shop for . I already bought a few items,but want to buy him alot more. But money is tight, I don’t use layaway cause I’m afarid I wouldn’t be able to pay it off,so do my best with my paychecks. But those people that helped those families,good bless you.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This has been a rough year I can’t even get my daughter Christmas or myself nothing I turning 18 Dec 9 and I barely have money to get this apartment I don’t believe in miracles.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    God truly does send us angels in time if need. Happy Holidays. Pass it on if you can

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