'Secret Santa' Pays Off $10K in Toy Store Layaway Orders

The generous stranger footed the bill for 62 orders at a New Jersey Toys 'R' Us
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2017 10:45 AM CST
'Secret Santa' Pays Off $10K in Toy Store Layaway Orders
   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

On Friday a man walked into a Toys "R" Us in Cherry Hill, NJ, with the intention of doing a little holiday shopping for his son, and walked out having paid for the layaway orders of more than 60 strangers. NJ.com reports that this "secret Santa," who is going only by the name Charlie K., picked up the tab on 62 orders, totaling approximately $10,780. “I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family,” Charlie K. told CBS Philadelphia. “I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it.” He said he'd hoped to pay for all the layaway orders in the store but that he didn't have quite enough money.

Charlie didn't stop there, though. He also got everyone in the store to choose three toys for him to donate to Toys for Tots. The bill for that act of kindness came to $2000. One woman, Jessica Jey, said she showed up at the store to pay for the items she'd put on layaway only to learn that her bill had been paid. “It’s definitely an early Christmas," Ley says, "and I want to say thank you to the gentleman that came in and donated. It’s, like, the best feeling. Thank you.” (More holiday shopping stories.)

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