Kmart workers across the country are witnessing a strange phenomenon. Anonymous donors are helping complete strangers pay for their layaway accounts this holiday season.
Customers in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana have gotten calls from their local Kmart letting them know someone paid off their account.Kmart executives aren’t sure if it’s an organized event, but they do say people paying off layaway accounts seems to have begun in Michigan. Kmart executives aren’t sure if it’s an organized event, but they do say people paying off layaway accounts seems to have begun in Michigan.
Many of the benefactors who come in to Kmart stores request to help families who have put toys and items for children on their layaway account. Some of them pay for part of the balance, others pay for everything. A woman came into an Omaha, Neb., Kmart and paid off five people’s accounts. She remembered how hard it was for her mom to pay off layaway accounts when she was younger and wanted to help people in that situation. In Missoula, Mont., a man paid down the balances of six customers whose layaway orders were about to expire. If it wasn’t for his efforts, all of their items would have been returned to the Kmart inventory because of late payments. He spent more than $1,200 to pay for it all.