Secret Santa pays for local families Layaway
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- South Florida families received a holiday surprise when they found out a complete stranger had paid for their Layaway gifts.
18 families who shop at the Northwest 163rd Street Wal-Mart were told their Layaway payments had been taken care of, Monday.
Joe Moniz, the Wal-Mart manager, called one South Florida woman to tell her to pick up her gifts. "The good news is a Secret Santa came forth and paid your Layaway for you," said Moniz on the phone. "Alright so, yeah a Secret Santa came through and said, 'Here's a special gift just for you.'"
Wal-Mart brought back their Layaway plan this year, allowing customers to make small payments on merchandise. "Especially in this community, where customers really appreciate that because of their very tight budgets," said Moniz.
RS Schmitt's group, South Beach Athletic Club, collected the money to pay for the Christmas gifts on layaway for the families, dropping the check off at Wal-Mart on Monday. "It's the spirit of giving. It's the holidays. This is what it's really about. For those people who weren't going to have a holiday, they're now going to have a holiday," said Schmitt.
Lebrisha Davis was one of those lucky individuals surprised with an amount of zero for her present. "I want to say thank you," said Davis when she picked up a toy bike for her niece, unbeknownst to her that Schmitt was watching the whole time. "It means a lot, this is actually for my niece Zoe. I wish she was here to say thank you, but I just want to say thank you to Secret Santa."
Elizabeth McCollin was also helped by Secret Santa and thought it was too good to be true. "I feel blessed. I thought it was a joke at first, but I thank God for everything I've got today," said McCollin.
Rosario Cabrera also wanted to say thank you and couldn't be more grateful for the random act of kindness, especially during the holidays when it is tough for many to make ends meet. "I'm a single parent of two, so this is going to be a really good gift," said Cabrera. "It's amazing. I'm in shock. I feel very lucky. Thank you, whoever this person is."
The South Beach Athletic Club raised $1,000 just for the 18 families they helped out. The group says they are not done yet and will continue to raise money to help even more South Floridians this holiday season.
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