Ashli Simms, News 9
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- Secret Santas are making the rounds a little early. They've popped up in Montana, Michigan, and Nebraska. Good Samaritans show up in retail stores to help families who are struggling to pay the bills.
Now some Green Country families are the recipients of the good cheer.
An anonymous donor wanted to make sure Christmas didn't get stuck in layaway. So an angel gave $1,000 to pay layaway bills for nine families. Her only request was that the layaway items included toys or Christmas presents.
After 25 Christmases at a Sand Springs K-Mart, Shelby McClure knows the holiday rush, but some things can shock even a seasoned retailer.
"This doesn't happen often. It's never happened here before. It's just a random act of kindness," he says.
McClure dialed the phone to tell one of the recipients about the holiday gift. "I've never made a call like this before..."
"Jackie, this is Shelby at K-Mart in Sand Springs. We had a layaway angel come in to pay on your account. Your balance is one dollar."
"You're kidding me!" Jackie said on the other end of the line.
She had to be told several times.
"This is not a joke, is it?"
"This is not a joke."
"Oh, my God is good to me!"
Jackie's prayers weren't the only ones answered.
Deleina Rosson and her family were blessed by the Christmas angel.
She says she had four Christmas dresses on layaway for her four daughters.
The generosity of the anonymous donor--an answer to Rosson's prayers--touched her.
"Oh, I'm so close to tears, 'cause I thought they weren't going to get dresses this year. I'm just so grateful."
Deliena's husband, Jacob, couldn't believe it, either.
"I didn't know how we were going to do it. We've been struggling for the last six to eight months with everything. The bills are piling up."
Though they don't know her name or, really, anything about her, they do have a message for their Christmas angel if she is listening.
"I thank you so much for helping us. Even though they're just dresses, they mean so much to us."
K-Mart manager McClure says he doesn't know where the layaway angel was from. She didn't want any recognition, he said. She just wanted these families to have a little merrier Christmas.