Attention Kmart shoppers: An anonymous secret Santa may have paid off your layaway balance. Over the weekend news outlets began to report of Kmart customers having their layaway balances paid in full by anonymous donors, renewing their faith in the spirit of Christmas giving.


One such beneficiary was Dona Bremser, an Omaha mother that had $70 left on her $200 Christmas layaway bill. Bremser received a call from Kmart staff informing her of the paid-in-full invoice.


"I was speechless," Bremser said. "It made me believe in Christmas again." Source: DailyFinance


DailyFinance reports that anonymous donors have paid off, or significantly paid down, layaway balances at stores in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana.


Although the economy has been rough for the past few years, the holiday season is when families typically feel the crunch the most. An already tight budget doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room for gifts and so the donations that these secret Santas have made end up being a gift to the whole family: a renewed belief in the spirit of giving, less stress trying to come up with final layaway payments the week before Christmas and smiling children and relieved parents on Christmas morning.

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