Layaway angels spend thousands on gifts for strangers

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Good Samaritans are spending thousands of dollars to make sure people they have never met get a merry Christmas. It’s a good deed that’s becoming more and more common.

It’s a heartbreaking feeling, thinking you won’t be able to give your kids or grandkids a single present for Christmas. It’s a feeling some are going out of their way to make sure no one experiences this holiday season.

 “They’re Layaway Angels,” Middletown Walmart Assistant Manager Jennifer Meadows said. “They just want to do a little something for someone else and they don’t want any recognition for it. Every donation has been, I’ll get a first name and that’s about it.”

At the Middletown Walmart, Meadows said people will wait near the layaway counter for a chance to help.

“Actually, they added a good Samaritan button to the computer because it was happening so much,” Meadows explained.

Angela Bennett was one of those who benefited from a Layaway Angel. She was about to tell her granddaughters she couldn’t bring them any gifts for Christmas when she got the call that her balance had been paid.

 “I was just in shock,” she said. “There’s angels out there, you know?”

The greatest moment for the employees is getting to tell someone they’ve been helped by a Layaway Angel.

“Every time, that’s the greatest message you can deliver to somebody,” said Meadows. “Just tears and, truly grateful, just truly grateful that these people are willing to help them out.”

Meadows added that they had a man come in and donate $2,000 toward the Angel Tree fund and another person paid the balance for a mother of two young children.
 

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