'Layaway Santa' Pays Off $20K in Walmart Gifts

Greg Parady paid down 76 accounts
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Dec 14, 2013 8:28 AM CST

(Newser) – When Greg Parady went into his local Walmart last Saturday, he was just planning to pick up some bikes for a Toys for Tots drive. Instead, he ended up making Christmas come early for nearly 80 strangers by acting as a "layaway Santa." After hearing a shopper saying she wasn't sure she could pay off her layaway, he decided to help—and ended up paying off half of any account over $200, for a grand total of more than $20,000 worth of charges on 76 accounts. The store assistant manager said one woman began to cry and had to sit down on a bench.

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