The stranger also inquired to the clerk if she could reduce the balance or if she could pay off some of the layaways for the store customers. Dannell Goddard, who was working the counter was confused by the request.
She told the lady, identified as just a woman in her 30’s that store policy required that she have an I.D. to pay her layaways. The lady smiled and told her that she didn’t have any store layaways; she would just like to help some of those that did.
The woman looked through nearly 800 tickets and selected 3. She picked ones that had toys in them. All in all she spent about 500 dollars and left a ten dollar balance on the accounts. Dannell reported that the stranger was very excited and happy to pay the money. The stranger said that she had been given much in her life and wanted to return the blessings to someone who deserved it. The lady never gave her name and left the store smiling.
One of the recipients of the strangers’ generosity was interviewed and replied that she wished she could thank the “Secret Santa”. All her layaways were for her only son that she was raising by herself. She had hoped to be able to get the toys out on her next paycheck. Then the store called and her world was turned upside down.
The customer thought it was a joke at first and went to the store to find out. When the customer arrived, she found a receipt with 10 dollars on the balance and a note that said “Happy Holiday from a friend”.
The entire layaway order had been for her 12 year old autistic son. The customer said that she had become weary of the holidays as had some other folks. In an effort to survive, she had adopted the idea that everyone was out for themselves and that life was just one trial after another.
But this Secret Santa had reminded her that there were still people out there that thought of others before themselves. The customer hopes that the person who gifted her with money also knows that her generosity also brought back faith in people as well. The customer has been inspired to one day do the same for someone else.
In that vein, 24 hours after the news report aired, another person paid off 13 more layaways at a total of about 2000.00 dollars.
Secret Santa strikes again.