There exists, somewhere within the general vicinity of Bellingham, Mass., a layaway hero.
This was proven earlier this week, when customers at a Toys R Us learned that a woman — whose identity is not yet known — walked in and paid off the entire layaway balance for the store in full.
Yep. The. Whole. Balance.
That means the woman paid for about $20,000 worth of merchandise on more than 150 accounts, according to the Milford Daily News.
“This incredible act of kindness is a true illustration of holiday giving at its best,” Toys R Us said in a statement to ABC News.
Here’s what happened, according to the Milford paper:
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.”
This kind of thing has happened before.
For example, last year, a Florida man spent about $20,000 at Walmart, paying off the accounts of strangers.
“I know it affected people immediately. I mean they were getting text messages that payments were being made on their accounts while we were there and people were calling saying ‘I think there’s a mistake,'” Greg Parady said, according to ABC. “It was so special. It was really special.”
The Daily News spoke to a customer whose tab was paid this week. The woman — who only gave her first name, Linda — said she only had $9 when she went holiday shopping for her two boys.
“I thought, ‘You have to be kidding me,'” the woman said, when discussing the call she received from Toys R Us, letting her know about the paid account. “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.”
She added: “What she did was so caring and thoughtful. I feel like I was part of something special – touched by an angel.”