Holiday Miracles At Walmart In Yankton
by Jill Johnson
December 13, 2013 5:02 PM
During the holdiay season, for many, every dollar counts. So when someone helps pay their bills, it can become a Christmas miracle.
Come Christmas, the Walmart in Yankton fills semis full of everything from electronics to toys. But Store Manager Chad Bent says unfortunately not everything here, that's put on layaway, gets picked up. He says it's simply because people can't afford it. But this holiday season, Walmart employees are seeing their customers cry for a different reason at the layaway counter.
Bent said, "One young lady was just absolutely in tears. She just stood there and cried and cried and cried. She couldn't say a word. She was just so overcome that someone would do that for her."
That's because, three different people have payed off layaway debt totaling more than $1,200.
Bent said, "The majority of the customers don't want anybody to know it was them. They're just doing this as an act of kindness, they had a good year and want to share it with everybody."
The anonymous donors can choose to pay a little on several bills, choose whose they want to pay for,
or like most of them do, they let the computer decide.
"It made her Christmas a lot brighter," said Bent.
Bent says this is happening more and more since the 'Layaway Angels' program began a few years ago,
and the generosity only keeps catching on.
"It's cool to live in a community in a state where that type of stuff still takes place," Bent said.
There are similar 'Layaway Angels' programs at stores like Kmart and Toys 'R Us.