Tyler Perry stars as 'layaway angel'

Perry said he paid more than $430,000 at two Atlanta-area Walmarts after being inspired by a "GMA" story on other secret Santas who have paid off holiday layaways across the country.
2:57 | 12/07/18

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We are back with that new layaway angel paying more than $430,000 to help people get what they need this holiday season and that angel, it is Tyler Perry. And T.J. Holmes is here with the story. You think about how many people you all have on your Christmas list now you need to buy for. Tyler Perry just added 1,487 people to his list. He didn't check to see if they were naughty or nice but had their name on the list, customers who had layaway at two Atlanta stores and writes a couple of checks and adding his name to a growing list of Christmas holiday layaway angels. He's played Madea in movies for years. It's Christmas and I'm taking what I want. Reporter: Now he's playing Santa in real life. Actor, filmmaker Tyler Perry is in the Christmas spirit to the tune of $430,000 paying off all layaway items at two Atlanta area Walmarts. My best friend called me, she's like Tyler Perry paid for your layaway. I'm like, what, what. I called Walmart and they're like it's true. I was crying actually to a man on the Walmart -- Reporter: He revealed his gesture on Twitter. I was trying to do this anonymously but due to some circumstances nothing stays secret these days. I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas. Reporter says he was inspired to an angel after watching our story on Thursday morning featuring other secret santas who paid off holiday layaways at Walmarts across the country. I know it's hard and people are struggling and I'm grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. Reporter: It wasn't just customers who were moved by Perry's Christmas gift. Who just does this? So, Mr. Perry, you are amazing. Can't do this. You are amazing and I personally thank you. My associates thank you and I know the community thanks you. Reporter: A final message and reminder from this not so secret Santa. God bless you. Go get your stuff, merry Christmas. Okay. Now, this happened in New York, Colorado and Pennsylvania so it's happening in a lot of places and 100,000, the saints owner in New Orleans. It's really remarkable and, remember, folks, layaway was started in this country around the great depression. It was a way for people to still be age to pay and afford things so just by its design, people who are using layaway don't have credit cards, they don't have credit. They don't have the cash so this is really going to be helpful. It's great that this is contagious. Yes. And the bar is so high now. Who is watching now? Who's watching now? It's really high. He went to the neighborhoods he felt I think needed it the most and made sure he took care of that. 430,000 is a lot of money and thank you to Tyler Perry and you see even the work he at the store was crying because she knows how much this means to people Communities, you're right, he picked particular communities. I see we have our phones on

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