Secret Santa trend spreads across U.S.

Diane Alter – AHN News Reporter

Grand Rapids, MI, United States (AHN) – The Christmas spirit is alive and well across the United States this season.

Last Monday, a big-hearted gentleman walked into a Kmart store in Grand Rapids and donated $500 to pay off several layaways.

On Tuesday, another Secret Santa came in with $2,000 to pay off 14 layaways.

Since those two generous gestures, the store has received donations every day since from individuals who wished to remain anonymous of $150 to $300. And what’s more, the giving spirit has spread to other stores in Michigan, and as far west as California.

A Kmart store in Anaheim called the Grand Rapids store Saturday to ask advice on layaway payoffs after someone saw the original story and wanted to pay off $5,000 in layaway tabs.

Other stores around Michigan have also benefited from Secret Santas paying off layaway items and the trend appears to be spreading.

Yes, t’is the season to give and to be grateful for generous souls.

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