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For Hundreds of Walmart Shoppers, 'Wonderful News'

Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack paid off 300 holiday layaway accounts at store in Fort Pierce, Fla.
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2019 5:01 AM CST
Khalil Mack (52) walks off the field after an NFL training session at the Allianz Park stadium in London on Oct. 4, 2019.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – A Walmart in Florida took to Facebook on Friday with some "wonderful news" for its customers: Someone had paid off all of the store's active holiday layaway accounts. The bighearted person who did so, per CNN: Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who opened his wallet to help out families in his hometown of Fort Pierce. A store manager says that a representative from the Khalil Mack Foundation, a charitable group that helps underprivileged youth and families, showed up at the store and asked to be a "secret Santa," with the funds to cover all 300 holiday layaway accounts that needed paying off.

TCPalm.com notes it isn't clear exactly how much money was doled out. "We here at Walmart would like to thank the Khalil Mack Foundation for your generosity, and for making so many families happy for the holidays!" the store wrote on its Facebook page. It's not the first time the 28-year-old has helped out others: WGN reports that Mack donated $2,000 earlier this month to help a Chicago youth football team get to Disney for a championship event. Earlier this year, his organization also donated 100 pairs of cleats to his former high school in Fort Pierce. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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