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Secret Santa' spends more than $10,000 to pay off layaway orders for dozens of families

An anonymous "Secret Santa" spent more than $10,000 on Friday to pay off the layaway bills at a Toys R Us for dozens of families. (Image source: KYW-TV screenshot)

An anonymous man in New Jersey embodied the Christmas spirit when he went to shop for his child at a Toys R Us on Friday.

What happened?

According to KYW-TV, a man who identified himself as "Charlie K" went to his local Toys R Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on Friday to shop for his son, but left after spending thousands of dollars to help out dozens of families who had layaway orders.

While at the store, Charlie decided to spend $10,780 to payoff 62 layaway orders for complete strangers. But his kindness didn't end there. He had everyone in the store pick out three items each for him to donate to Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps' annual toy drive, which cost him an additional $2,000.

Why did he do it?

Charlie told KYW that he simply wanted to give back to a community that has given him so much.

"I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family. I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it," he said.

About donating to Toys for Tots, Charlie added: "The Marines and Toys for Tots are one of the best organizations, and I don’t want to forget them."

How did the lucky families react?

Jessica Key told KYW that she went to the Cherry Hills toy store on Friday expecting to pay for some toys she had set aside for her family, but was blown away when she learned the items had already been paid for in full.

"They come over and tell me someone actually paid the layaway," she told the news station. "It’s definitely an early Christmas and I want to say thank you to the gentleman that came in and donated it’s like the best feeling thank you."

Stephanie Dawson, who had toys on layaway for her grandchildren, said she rushed to the store when she heard about the anonymous man's act of kindness. Once she got to the store, she learned her layaway bill of $200 had been taken care of.

"I want to say thank you very much and I appreciate it and thank God for you," she said.

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