'Layaway Angels' pay off thousands in Christmas shopping bills

VIDEO: 'Layaway Angels' pay off thousands in Christmas shopping bills

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville couple has paid it forward joining a number of other Good Samaritans across the country this holiday season.

A Walmart spokesperson said Friday they paid off thousands of dollars in layaways at the store off Main Road. The unidentified donors are becoming known as "Layaway Angels" because they come in and donate money towards the items others have put on a store's layaway program.

Last week the Walmart on Main Road in Summerville saw a couple come in and put a large amount of money down for families this holiday season.

"One of our local customers, didn't want to be identified, came through and paid off, I believe it was in the upwards of $3,000 just to help out," Store Manager Mike Moeller said.

It was something store managers had never seen happen before; a large amount of money like that, spread across several family's purchases.

"It was really nice to see someone come in and do something like that," Moeller said. "Not want any type of reward or publicity for it. They just wanted to come in and do the right thing."

Those families are selected at random based upon the customer's decision, and it can be done in a matter of a few minutes.

"The customers can decide how much they want to donate," said Francisca MacLeery, a co-manager of the store. "As we go to process the payment we have a "Good Samaritan" button that they can push. It will then pull up a payment, they tell us how much they want to put in. applies it to the layaway, and then we do as many as they ask us to do. It's amazing, it's a blessing."

While we weren't able to track down any of the families who were helped out, several customers said they were happy something like this happened in the Lowcountry.

"Your heart just glows because people are so generous this time of year," said Kim Macikowski, of Summerville. "I'm sure people just appreciate it tremendously."

Friday was the last day for customers to pick up their layaway items to purchase.

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