Well, isn’t this sweet: some wonderful people are anonymously offering to pay for strangers’ layaway items at random Kmarts across the country. The Kmart layaway program, which helps struggling families pay for items over a length of time rather than all at once, has seen record numbers of anonymous donations come in from strangers wanting to give holiday cheer to people in their communities.
Take the case of a young father in Omaha, Nebraska, who showed up to a Kmart with his three small children in tow. He couldn’t afford to pay for everything on the kids’ wishlists, but wanted to get one small item off his family’s layaway. Instead, a woman walked up to the counter and took care of his bill. Recalls Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store: “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”
In total, the woman paid off 50 layaway orders, and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the store. The woman allegedly did it in memory of her late husband. “She said she wasn’t going to be able to spend it and wanted to make people happy with it,” Deppe said. Similar stories have been reported in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana.