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Anonymous donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts

Now this is heartwarming:

The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children. He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.

"She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,’" recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. "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."

Most of the donors have done their giving secretly.

Dona Bremser, an Omaha nurse, was at work when a Kmart employee called to tell her that someone had paid off the $70 balance of her layaway account, which held nearly $200 in toys for her 4-year-old son. ”I was speechless,” Bremser said. “It made me believe in Christmas again.”

Dozens of other customers have received similar calls in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana. The benefactors generally ask to help families who are squirreling away items for young children. They often pay a portion of the balance, usually all but a few dollars or cents so the layaway order stays in the store’s system.

The phenomenon seems to have begun in Michigan before spreading, Kmart executives said. ”It is honestly being driven by people wanting to do a good deed at this time of the year,” said Salima Yala, Kmart’s division vice president for layaway.

The good Samaritans seem to be visiting mainly Kmart stores, though a Wal-Mart spokesman said a few of his stores in Joplin, Mo., and Chicago have also seen some layaway accounts paid off.

The anonymous benefactors truly exhibit the spirit of giving and taking care of their fellow man. Makes me believe there’s some good people in the world, y’know?

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  1. death-rides-a-pale-horse reblogged this from kagoashes and added:
    i work for a Kmart in Ohio and we have had this happen a LOT before christmas. its always really nice to see even if...
  2. kagoashes reblogged this from cognitivedissonance
  3. cortibah reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    ^ This, and also, here is why I love the Internet.
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  5. landlockedbaker reblogged this from fabulousfurfrou and added:
    My friend had this happen to her. Someone paid everything but a penny when she went to get her layaway out the other...
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  9. flufflogic reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    The real spirit of Xmas: to give freely, and to not expect to in turn receive.
  10. lifes-an-experiment reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    Hope for humanity
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  12. whatwouldfucktarddo reblogged this from talkinboutstuffseoul and added:
    Bah humbug!
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    I usuall post saddening posts but here you go:’)
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  20. deanne1233 said: Heart-warming
  21. social-loafer reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    Restores my faith in the human race
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  23. sakanarochan reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    I saw a news piece about this just recently as well, it’s also happening near the greater-Cincinnati area. … Wait. Does...
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  26. lesbianlegbreaker reblogged this from cognitivedissonance and added:
    There’s been lots of sources on this, paying off things on layaway in big box stores. It’s a cool bend, giving by...