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Secret Santas pay off layaways, buy toys for kids

A local husband and wife speak with News 13's Larry Blunt. For the past several years, the pair has taken more than $1,000 to the Waynesville, N.C. Walmart and paid off the layaways of people who will never know who they are. (WLOS)

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - When it comes to gift-giving, you've heard it's the thought behind the gift that matters most.

For a local husband and wife, that thought is the reason they became secret Santas.

For the past several years, the Santas, who asked to remain anonymous, have taken more than $1,000 to the Waynesville Walmart and paid off the layaways of people who will never know who they are.

"I think right now it's important that people realize not everything is bad," the man said.

That's why the couple likes to spread Christmas cheer. They want to share some goodness.

Store manager Jerry Presley has seen the reactions of customers who came to pay on their layaway only to find out it was paid for in full.

"Some of them get teary-eyed," he said. "And we have some that come in maybe to cancel their layaway and now they're going to have that item paid for."

With each paid bill, this husband and wife Santa team leave a card. With words from Dr. Seuss and Garfield, it reads, in part, "What's the meaning of all this? Then he thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, didn't come from a store. Paying it forward means a little bit more."

After paying off layaways, the couple goes to the toy aisle and selects $500 in toys to be donated to needy children.

It's quite a gift, the best these secret Santas can think of.

"Making Christmas special for others. That's our Christmas present to each other," they said.

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