Sixteen struggling families received unexpected phone calls from a Central Maine Kmart last week: their layaway accounts had been paid off by an anonymous stranger.
"Everybody wants to go back to school with new clothes," said Auburn Kmart store manager Joyce Beane. "Now 16 more families can do that."
All of the families had fallen behind on their payments.
Beane told WCSH 6 that a terminally ill woman told store staff that she wanted to do something kind for others before she died.
"She was here about 15 minutes. She paid off 16 the layaways in cash, about $3,000. Then she said I'm not feeling well I need to leave," recalled Beane.
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"I wanted to cry," Beane told the Sun Journal. "It was that powerful."
Rina Thibeau, an Auburn grandmother, was one of the 16 people who benefited from the generosity of the "layaway angel." She was on her way to the store to make a payment when she received a call from the store.Read More »from Terminally ill ‘layaway angel’ pays for families’ back-to-school supplies