Posted by | December 16, 2011 12:00 | Filed under: Top Stories

Yes, Virginia, there is a secret Santa.

At Kmart stores across the country, Santa is getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.

Before she left the store Tuesday evening, [an] Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register.

A few Walmart stores have witnessed this phenomenon, but most of it is taking place at Kmarts, having started in a Michigan store.

Kmart may be the focus of layaway generosity, Yala said, because it is one of the few large discount stores that has offered layaway year-round for about four decades. Under the program, customers can make purchases but let the store hold onto their merchandise as they pay it off slowly over several weeks.

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By: Alan

Alan Colmes is the publisher of Liberaland.