Kid Rock Pays Off $81,000 in Walmart Layaways for Christmas


There are some wonderfully caring people out there with big hearts and wallets who have been making people’s Christmases all over the U.S.

“Layaway Angels,” as they’ve come to be known, are charitable individuals who pay off strangers’ layaways at various stores — generally Walmart — as a lovely surprise for when the shoppers come back in to pay them off.

It’s a nice way to give a gift to people who might need it the most, since most people put items on layaway to work out payment issues. Many times the donor wants to remain anonymous, but that’s very difficult to maintain when it’s a celebrity who’s the angel.

Tyler Perry was recently discovered to be one of these wonderful individuals who paid off over $430,000 worth of layaways at a Walmart in Atlanta after he tried (and failed) to remain nameless. Over 1500 customers were blessed by his generous contribution, according to US Magazine.

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“You got to go into the Walmart, get your layaway and pay a penny, one penny, and you get your layaway,” he said in a reveal video on Twitter. “I know it’s hard times and a lot of people are struggling.”

“I’m just really really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. So, God bless you. Go get your stuff.”

Not one to stand by and watch others do good, Kid Rock is the most recent angel after paying off 350 people’s layaways at a Walmart in Nashville. The musician footed the $81,000 bill and gave Perry credit for starting the kindness train.

Recipients of the gift have posted their gratitude online or have made their thanks known in interviews.

“Kid rock paid off our layaway all our kids toys I’m at a loss but thanks man,” posted Woody Nuccio, one father whose layaway was covered.

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His wife responded directly to Kid Rock’s tweet, letting him know just how much his gift meant to them. “We were gonna have to give up our kids christmas this year because we needed to pay rent but now, because of you, our babies will have a good christmas!!” she wrote. “So thank you so much!!”

Henrietta Lewis and her grandchild also benefited, and she told The Tennessean that she was proud of the star’s actions. “I just want him to know that I’m very grateful that he done this for the community. I love you Kid Rock,” she said. “Keep up the good work.”

Walmart recognized Kid Rock’s actions as well, giving him and Perry a digital pat on the back. Hopefully this trend will continue, and more people will spread the Christmas spirit by being someone else’s angel. Who’s next?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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