Secret Santa pays for $45,000 worth of layaway items at Colorado Walmart

Secret Santa pays for $45,000 worth of layaway items at Colorado Walmart
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Dozens of families in Longmont, Colorado are in disbelief after a complete stranger paid off their layaway balance at Walmart last week.

The Secret Santa walked in and paid off the entire layaway section, a total of $45,000.

Single mother Lisa McMillan said the holidays are a financial struggle and finding out her balance was paid was a "true blessing".

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"This year's been really hard. I'm a single mom of five. And I've been really stressed out about Christmas, and I actually was going to cancel my layaway because I couldn't pay it," she said.

Walmart's layaway program allows shoppers to slowly pay off presents leading up to the holidays. The items remain in the store until they're completely paid off.

The secret Santa has chosen remain anonymous. It is unclear how many families benefited from the payoff.