Secret Santa At Washington Walmart

A family in the East is really enjoying the spirit of the Christmas season after a total stranger paid off their layaway balance at Walmart.

Betty Sue King posted on Heather King's Facebook page that her daughter, a single mom, got a call from the Walmart in Washington, that an anonymous good Samaritan paid off her layaway balance and a few others. King wrote that the store told her daughter the man wanted to "make sure the children had Santa Claus."

King says she has a three-year-old granddaughter who will benefit from this "secret Santa's" generosity.

We contacted Walmart in Washington for more details, but they asked us to call back during business hours on Friday.

There have been other reports around the country of people anonymously paying off layaway balances.


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  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Dec 22, 2011 at 03:31 PM
    I think it is awesome that they remain anon.It seems they know where they will get their reward.Right on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jasmine Location: El Paso on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    I love that people are doing this for people it makes santa real
  • by Strikes Again Location: Washington on Dec 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    Another Secret Santa "struck" the Washington Wal-Mart again yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 12/17). Although Wal-Mart graciously extended their Christmas layaway plan until today (Sunday 12/18) a trusted Wal-Mart associate states that there were still active layaways in danger of cancellation because of the inability of some to complete payments. The same associate stated that she was of witness to a pick-up that occurred while the second Secret Santa was still in the layaway department. The "santa", not less than 5 minutes before had paid the pick-up off, unknowingly to the receipiant. While the young mother cried, as well as several of the associates in the area, the "santa" loaded 2 children's bicycles and a skateboard into her cart. She still doesn't know that it was "they" who did the deed. The only information given was that the santas were actually a local family, with a child who wished every child the same spirit as their own.
  • by frank Location: washington on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    petey pirate /why you wish 4 that /other people need help.why dont u get some of the one million dollars the owner of flanders filter gave to ecu/am sure u could ask fo some of that/that would of help lots of people in need more than ecu
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    That money would have been better served building ECU a practice gymnasium for the basketball team.
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      by Terry on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      you have got to be a very cold,insensative person to say that money woulld have been better used for a building. People are far more important. Children are our future not ballgames! A ballgame will not take care of you in your old age...a person will. Probably one who is growing up now. This man has not only helped the parents but also the kids. I hope one day each parent shares this with their children one day in hopes they will carry on goodwill and compassion. Both of which you could afford to get.
  • by tina Location: belhaven on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    I'm glad for the ones who got helped. It has been a tough year my family as well we had storm damages and had to move and that took money we didn't have. Do Christmas is rough my girls wanted bikes and this year just can't afford them. But I'm thankful for a safer and warmer place to live. God bless the person which helped that family.Your an angel
  • by tina Location: belhaven on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    I'm glad for the ones who got helped. It has been a tough year my family as well we had storm damages and had to move and that took money we didn't have. Do Christmas is rough my girls wanted bikes and this year just can't afford them. But I'm thankful for a safer and warmer place to live. God bless the person which helped that family.Your an angel
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    It is interesting how Walmart's are different. I actually went to the Walmart in Kinston on Friday in hopes of paying of someone's layaway. I don't have alot, but am blessed and just wanted to help someone. I had been hearing about this on the news... The manager at the Walmart in Kinston said no, you can't do that...your name is not on the slip. I said you don't understand..I don't want the toys..I just want to pay them off for some people...just call them and they can pick them up....He said no, and wouldn't let me do it. He said he understood what I was trying to do, but it is against Walmart policy!! I have since found a family and am their "secret santa". I am having a blast shopping for them! Can't wait to drop it all off...been wrapping all afternoon!!
  • by Ashley Location: Belhaven on Dec 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    This warms my heart so much! God Bless you secret santa!!! if only the world was filled by people such as yourself!
  • by Shaunda Location: Plymouth on Dec 17, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    I live in Plymouth and I too had a layaway at Walmart in Washington that was paid off by the Secret Santa. It was a blessing straight from Heaven. I first heard about the story on Facebook and was excited for others Blessing not know God was Blessing me at the same time. Thank You God!!
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