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‘Layaway Angels’ Bring Christmas Joy To Holiday Shoppers

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — Shoppers across the country have been the beneficiaries of a group of anonymous donors called “layaway angels,” people who pay off the layaway bills, mostly for children’s items, for shoppers who otherwise couldn’t afford the gifts they hoped to give this holiday season.

The phenomenon began last year and is beginning to gain traction again for holiday 2012.

Layaway angels in the Los Angeles area this year have paid off more than $14,000 of strangers’ layaway contracts at stores in Temecula, Banning, Indio and Anaheim.

Friday at the Kmart in Anaheim a layaway angel paid off the layaway contracts for 60 customers totaling $10,843.

This year, Kmart is acknowledging the kind-hearted people who act as layaway angels by tracking the locations and monetary donations made throughout the season at:


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  • Allyn Woerpel

    my co-worker's mother-in-law makes $61/hr on the computer. She has been fired from work for 6 months but last month her pay check was $21135 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this web site……. Bit40.ℂOℳ

    • raquel cabrera

      I’ve been doing layaway for a while now and I’m a single mom workin hard and no one has ever tried to pay my. Layaway why not me ?????? I need a lot of help now I’m in debt because I borrowed from friends so I could pay! When do I get some help of a break????

  • Sue

    My daughter was just at Kmart to pick up her layaway. The layway was late being picked up and she was worried it would be returned to stock as she had to save the rest of the money for it. Low and behold the Christmas Layaway Angel shined on her! They told her show owed one penny. Her eyes welled up and this Angel gave all of us stronger faith. My thanks to Kmart for letting these angels help so many people.

  • raquel cabrera

    Why not me ???I’m a single mom with no help! But I’ve seen others get help! I’m so in debt my little girl doesn’t even care about christmas anymore!