Nonprofit takes donations and pays off layaway plans for children

It's unclear where and when the act of kindness started but these secret Santas have never been more popular.
1:36 | 11/23/18

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Transcript for Nonprofit takes donations and pays off layaway plans for children
Finally tonight America strong these secret good samaritans spreading joy to so many this holiday season they're giving spirit make him wish list come true. Here's ABC's John Donvan. The gift is a surprise. Over it. Kind of like surreal events at all no balance still or whatever than it was really a reality. People go to make an installment on a store lay away plan people like Julie gates interview Vermont only to find out that some anonymous person has covered the whole bill for them to get goosebumps. Thinking that. That is picture magic crystal. It's not clear where and win this practice got started these secret Santas of lay away. But it has never been more of a thing in it is right now and has even evolved into a crowd sourced practice a nonprofit called pay away the lay away. I'll. All around. You know. Takes donations large and small from the public and then pays off lay away plans for things like kids clothes and books and toys. Anonymity is usually keep one guy who spent more than 101000 dollars doing this last year would only give his first name Charlie trying to. Bring some. Some happiness to people and the men who pay Julie gates bill the other day. She actually met him in the store and snapped this photo of him from behind she saw him paying lots of people's bills. And she said to him. This can't be there who can afford to just pay for every one play away. And he said yeah plus can. His gift a surprise. And surprise and that's the gift John Donvan ABC news. And that true holiday spirit.

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