(NEWSER) – “Layaway Santas” started popping up around the country in 2011, and the uplifting trend appears to be on the rise this season, NBC News reports. The way it works: “Secret Santas” visit a store that offers layaway and pay down strangers’ accounts. (At many stores, the final payments for holiday presents are due at the end of this week, meaning that if an account isn’t paid off, those gifts end up back on store shelves.) Walmart has tracked more than 1,000 cases this season. Kmart also offers layaway, as does Toys ‘R’ Us—and at the latter, for each layaway Santa, the company gives a $200 donation to Toys for Tots.
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