Tyler Perry pays off more than $430,000 in layaways ahead of Christmas

Tyler Perry speaks at the Cicely Tyson Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Customers at two suburban Atlanta Walmart stores received a holiday surprise when they found out actor Tyler Perry had paid for their layaway items.

Perry, who intended the gift to be anonymous, confirmed the move in a video posted Thursday to Twitter.

He spent $434,000 on items at a Walmart in East Point and another store in Douglasville. That covered all but one penny of the balances.

In the post, Tyler said customers only had to pay one cent to get their purchases.

"I know it's hard times, a lot of people are struggling. I'm just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff! Merry Christmas," Perry said.