Omaha, Neb. -- There is a heartwarming story playing out at Kmart stores throughout the Midwest: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers' layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts, especially toys and children’s clothing, that the families might otherwise have a hard time paying, the Associated Press reported.
The benefactors generally ask to help families who have laid away items for young children, according to the report. They often pay a portion of the balance, usually all but a few dollars or cents so the layaway order stays in the store's system.
The report cites an incident at the Kmart in Plainfield Township, Mich., which called Roberta Carter last week to let her know a man had paid all but 40 cents of her $60 layaway.
Carter, a mother of eight, said she cried upon hearing the news. She and her family have been struggling as she seeks a full-time job.
"My kids will have clothes for Christmas," she said.
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