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.
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.”
“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.
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.
Generosity seems to have become a trend this holiday season.