I remember being a kid and watching my mom put items on layaway at our local Walmart.
She worked really hard to raise four kids, working extra as she was able, just to provide that something special for her children on our birthdays and on Christmas.
So many parents are in the throes of stress during Christmas, wondering how they will scrape enough money together to place items under the Christmas tree this year.
For about 1,500 people in Atlanta, Georgia, their financial burden has been lifted by actor and director Tyler Perry.
On Dec. 6, Perry walked into two different Walmarts and paid everybody’s layaway bill, minus one cent.
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On an Instagram post, Perry announced the exciting news. For one penny, customers who had items on layaway could go pick up their stuff.
Perry spent about $434,000 covering layaway items, The Associated Press reported.
Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you ? #SparkKindness
— Walmart (@Walmart) December 6, 2018
“I know it’s hard times and a lot of people are struggling,” Perry, 49, said in the video.
“I’m just really really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff.”
Parents and children were left in tears over Perry’s incredible generosity.
As mothers cried with relief, their kids too cried tears of joy at seeing their mothers so happy and grateful as a heavy burden was lifted off their shoulders.
The two Walmart stores in East Point and Douglasville were buzzing with excitement as customers pushed cartloads of gifts to their cars, items some families weren’t sure they’d be able to pay off in time.
“Tyler Perry’s generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can’t thank him enough for his kindness,” Walmart said in a statement to TODAY.
“The heartfelt excitement and joy we’re seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching.”
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