By: Lexy | 11-21-2018 | News
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Anonymous 'Santa' Donors Pay $500,000 Towards Presents Across The Country

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Mystery 'Santa' donors all across the country have paid a total of approximately $500,000 towards toys, televisions, clothes, just in time for the holidays.

Tuesday, an anonymous donor, wanting to do something 'special' on his birthday, paid off more than $106,000 in layaways for other shoppers, at two Walmart stores in Cleveland, Ohio.

This, just after an anonymous donor paid a tab totaling 180,000 at two Pennsylvania stores on Monday, and another donor paid off $200,000 at two Florida stores.

Shoppers place items on layaway and pay a deposit to secure it before paying off the balance at a later date. These items include toys, 70-inch televisions, clothes…

Cathie Cromwell was picking up her son's gifts at one of the Cleveland stores and told WCPO: “I just cried. It's amazing someone would have this much compassion during the Christmas season to help us. To help people who maybe wouldn't have had Christmas.”

A single anonymous donor paid off nearly $70,000 for the layaway items at the Steelyard Commons store in Cleveland and nearly $36,000 in nearby Lorain.

Tara Neal said she had paid $10 on a bed for her three-year-old daughter and she was told Tuesday that the remaining balance of over $80 was paid in full. She said it was 'like Santa.'

She said, with four kids at home the holidays can be tough.

Walmart responded with the following statement:

'This isn't the first time local do-gooders have paid off layaway tabs. In 2013, someone paid off $8,800 at the Avon Walmart.

'And in southern Ohio, last year, someone paid off $15,000 at a Moraine store and in 2012, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a former shoplifter paid off $1,000 in goods at a Lockland store.

'Managers said the man made it very clear he wanted to remain anonymous.'

'Santa B' offered the sum to the Mechanicsburg store in a check Monday morning,

Wal-Mart manager Steve Myers told the website the store has previously received gifts between $2,000 and $3,000.

'He said he wanted to help take care of folks – to bring everyone a special Christmas,' Myers said.

The manager told PennLive.com that 100 layaway balances came to approximately $50,000.

He stated that 'Santa B' instructed money left over from his check should be donated.

Myers stayed that 'Santa B''s was from nearby and wanted to remain anonymous.

John Forest Ales, a Wal-Mart spokesman, told the website of the check 'It's not the record, but it's certainly high.'

Speaking to Fox43, shopper Brittny Coeyman said 'We were scraping together the last few minutes here to pay for it, we were actually going to have to return a couple things.'

She also said, 'Just thank you so much, it’s a miracle for not just us but for so many people. And there’s nothing else I could ask for for Christmas.'

Annette Cray told WCJB: 'First I thought it was a joke, and then I called the store and found out it was true and I was, I just started hollering I was so happy.'

Employees said this was the second year in a row someone had paid off the layaways.

Last Wednesday, a female 'layaway angel' gave $20,000 to a Bellingham, Massachusetts, Toys R Us.

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Cashing out: A mystery donor told Walmart employees he likes to do something special on his birthday every year. Here one of the store's cashiers can be seen going through all the receipts which have been paid

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All paid off: This year, a mystery 'Santa' spent his special day visiting two northeast Ohio Wal-Marts and paying off the stores' layaway tabs - a total of $106,000. Here a store clerk gives the good news to a lucky shopper

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Out-of-the-blue: Tara Neal had paid off $10 on a 'Frozen'-themed bed for her three-year-old daughter when she got the call Tuesday morning that her layaway gift had been paid off

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It's such a blessing to know there are still people out there that care. It's like Santa, like a real Santa to me,' Neal (pictured) said

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Windfall: Steelyard Commons had the biggest layaway collection with $70,000 in goods and Lorain had $36,000

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Overcome: 'I just cried,' said Cathie Cromwell (pictured), who was picking up her son's gift. 'It's amazing someone would have this much compassion during the Christmas season to help us.'

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5 Comment/s
Anonymous No. 42967 2018-11-22 : 02:43

SOMEONE SHOULD DO THAT FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED DENTAL WORK.

Jo No. 42968 2018-11-22 : 02:47

Fabulous story. It is so nice to see with all the hate lately, a story about something good.

Anonymous No. 42986 2018-11-22 : 10:20

When I see a person in need in line behind or in front of me with very basic food items looking and re-looking at their items and cash, trying to decide what to put back .

I just leave a $20, or purchase a Gift Card from the cashier for them and leave.

I do just simple gifting year round, based only on need, not age , color or etc…

Sure Christmas is time for giving, but good people occasionally get slapped year round with problems.

DA No. 42997 2018-11-22 : 14:14

Great story. Great idea. God bless these donors

Anonymous No. 43012 2018-11-22 : 16:49

Great to hear a heart warming story such as this! Thanks for sharing Lexy!

D Wolf

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