In Omaha, Nebraska, six families have been touched by a Secret Santa in their local Kmart. The layaway department, in Kmart, got a very special visit from an anonymous young couple.
The couple wished to payoff a random layaway. The manager and an associate found an order with a few toys in it. The couple then paid off the bill leaving just one penny to keep the order active. Isn’t that awesome! Well, it gets even more awesome.
On Sunday, the following day, another young couple came in and wanted to pay off five orders at the same Kmart! One of the recipients of this kind act was Dona Bremser. “There is not a way to describe it and the person who did it, I just want to say thank you. You made this little one have the best Christmas possible,” said Bremser. For Dona Bremser, she wishes to pay it forward as well. In fact, Dona wishes to make this a family tradition!
As I was writing this story, I went to check the sources. I typed “kmart secret santa” into Google and I received a very pleasant surprise. Omaha’s Kmart is just one of many Kmarts that have been touched by a string of Secret Santas. The first Kmart to receive the random act of kindness was in Plainfield Township, Michigan.
It all began with one woman’s generosity in Plainfield Township’s Kmart. The woman, after buying a cart full of items for Toys for Tots, went into the Kmart and paid off three layaway bills. It was this one anonymous woman’s generosity that generated similar acts of kindness.
In just three days, 20 accounts had been paid for, totaling $3,500! But it doesn’t stop there! At the Hastings Kmart, a person, inspired by the stories on his or her local news channel, donated $5,000 to pay off layaway orders. The generosity, started by the one woman, has spread to many different states!
Many of the Secret Santas make one request. Their request is that they are not paying off layaways for things such as big screen TV’s. Instead, they request that they payoff layaways with items such as toys, clothing, and necessities.
It has touched people in numerous ways. “One was an older woman who learned her bill had been reduced to 40 cents. Her husband was laid off from his job the day before and the coming months were going to be a hardship” (mlive.com).
The acts of these anonymous Secret Santas is incredible and captures the true meaning of Christmas spirit.