Monday, December 23rd, 2013
By Kathy Thompson
Secret Santas pay off customers' layaway accounts
  CELINA - Farrah Evans was shocked when she walked into work at Walmart last week and found her layaway account had been paid off.
Evans, 31, works two jobs and knew that paying the more than $100 she had pending on the presents for her two children would put a crunch on her hopes of buying them clothes.  
"Someone was so good to us," Evans said. "It made me cry."
Evans, a single mother who also takes care of her disabled parents, works at Walmart and Visions Manufacturing Group, both in Celina.
"It was just a wonderful surprise," Evans said. "I couldn't believe it."
Joyce Kremer, layaway manager at the store, said a great many customers are completely shocked when they walk in just before Christmas and find out others have paid their layaway bills.
"One gentleman came in and gave $5,300 for the layaways," Kremer said. "A lady came in and gave $200. We split the money up so a lot of our customers get their presents paid off or down quite a bit."
Evans had mostly toys in her layaway, she said.
"We're not allowed to put clothes or shoes or things like that," Evans said. "So I had picked out the things they had asked for when they talked to Santa Claus."
So under the tree on Christmas morning will be radio controlled cars, board games, Wii video games and a couple of digital cameras for Evans' children, 8-year-old Havin Montague and 6-year-old Elon Montague.
"This is so nice of someone," Evans said, as tears formed in her eyes. "I work about 12 hours a day and this just helps so much. You don't want your kids to wish they have things other kids have. You don't ever want your kids to go without."
Kremer said a few hundred customers were helped by the "secret Santas" this year.
"It's amazing," Kremer said. "What a lot of the customers do is pay it forward. When they learn their stuff has been paid off, they in turn put money down on someone else's. It's pretty neat how good people are to each other. I think that's the Christmas spirit."
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Handmade gifts from the Hart
• High water strands Rockford couple
• Minster fueled by strong start
• Bulldogs lose at home to Big Blue
• Six remaining unbeatens in WOHSBC
• Komets send Reichard to AHL's Iowa Wild
a_d
Today
43°
Rain Showers
84%
Tonight
29°
Snow Showers Likely
58%
Tomorrow
40°
Mostly Cloudy
12%
Tomorrow Night
26°
Partly Cloudy
1%
Sunday
45°
Mostly Sunny
Sunday Night
34°
Mostly Cloudy
Monday
55°
Mostly Cloudy
7%
Monday Night
43°
Mostly Cloudy
15%
Tuesday
56°
Slight Chance Rain Showers
22%
Tuesday Night
42°
Chance Rain Showers
58%
Wednesday
54°
Chance Rain Showers
48%
Wednesday Night
38°
Chance Rain Showers
28%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
Wednesday, October 29
index pict
Wednesday, October 29
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, October 2
index pict
Accident at 127 and 119
Monday, September 29
index pict
Grand Lake Marathon