Don't look now, but it's an actually heartwarming news story!
ABC News reports that an anonymous woman walked into a Toys 'R' Us in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and paid off every single layaway account in the store—around 150 accounts in all. It cost her $20,000. According to the local Milford Daily News:
Described by employees as a bubbly older woman and a local, she offered the store manager a hug and reportedly said, "If you have it, give it."
One employee said the woman told her that knowing the layaway purchases were taken care of would help her "sleep better at night."
"I thought, 'You have to be kidding me,'" said one single mom who benefitted. "I almost wanted to cry. It was only $50, but to me that's a lot of money, and that someone would go and do that gave me chills."
It's an increasingly common holiday practice—ABC outlines several additional instances of the well-off paying balances at Walmart and other stores. Today says there's even an organization called "Pay Away the Layaway" that collects donations online and uses them to cover accounts at various stores. One recipient told Today: "It couldn't come at a better time. I just had a fire and lost everything."
Sometimes people are great instead of garbage.
Image via AP.