Unknown individual pays off layaway accounts at Anthem Walmart

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

ANTHEM, Ariz. -- Christmas came a little early for several shoppers at a North Valley Walmart this week.

An anonymous individual contacted the Walmart in Anthem and offered to pay off 20 layaway accounts.

The accounts were chosen at random, but the items had to be toys.

The store manager said customers were more than happy to learn that someone was kind enough to help them enjoy the holiday season.

“I had one customer who once I called her and she identified herself as a struggling mom, she was crying on the phone and you know she was just so ecstatic and happy that she can now go ahead and get her layaway taken care of,” said Joe Malinconico.

The secret Santa spent more than $1,600 to pay off all the accounts.