No one knows his name, in fact, nothing is known about a mystery man that visited a Vermont Walmart on November 15th, 2018 and paid for a lot of families Christmas list items – including layaway item for customers who were not even there.
As one shopper, Julie Gates approached the register with a delivery box a man asked if “she was putting anything on layaway.” She said yes, referring to the package she was carrying, but she was not done with her shopping yet. The man told her he’d wait until she was done and then he would pay for everything.
Gates chuckled to herself and thought, “this guy must be crazy.” Gates went around the store, shopping with her son and mother for Christmas items just as she had planned. Sure enough, when she and the family were finished, the man was still there, waiting for her. Her amount totaled $199 and he put it on his card.
Gates asked the mystery man, “who can afford that?” he said, “Santa can.”
A store employee confirmed the anonymous shopper’s generosity, but Walmart officials are not saying who he was, how much he spent, or how many people he helped. Gates posted about her encounter and random act of kindness on Facebook and friends reached out and said that Walmart had contacted them to tell them that their layaway item had been paid for. One couple that Gates talked to while shopping that day stated that the man had paid their $800 tab completely. When the couple asked for his nome in order to properly thank him, he simply said, “Kris Kringle.”
What an awesome example of a person just being kind to everyone. Maybe he had more money than he needed, or perhaps he had no family of his own to buy for this holiday season. Whatever his motives, there is one thing that we could all learn from this mystery Santa, and that is to be kind to everyone, always. The few thousand dollars that he spent cannot compare to the joy and satisfaction that he is feeling at this very moment, knowing that there are relieved parents out there that will have an easier time this Christmas because their children will have their Christmas wish lists fulfilled.
“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” – Suze Orman
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