Burlington, NC -- One act of kindness, spreading across the nation, has also reached the Piedmont.
Last week, a man walked into a Kmart store in Grand Rapids, Michigan and said he wanted to pay off layaway gifts for total strangers.
Then, another "Secret Santa" did the same thing. Both made headlines. So many people saw it and wanted to do jump in, officials at a Kmart in California had to ask the Michigan folks how to deal with these acts of kindness.
On Monday, a Secret Santa in Burlington helped a complete stranger.
When Shelia Monk's husband asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she told him she wanted to help someone who needed gifts more than she did.
"I didn't want anything for myself. I wanted to adopt a family and help a family out. So that's what we decided to do," Monk said.
She and her husband decided to help a homeless family with a two-year-old and a five-year-old.
"We just wanted to show our love and there are people, good people still around. Good people still exist," she said.
Monk picked out more than $200 worth of clothes, toys, and learning games for the kids. She put everything on layaway because she couldn't pay for all of it up front.
Little did she know, she'd be getting help too.
"He said he saw it on the news and he said he wanted to do that too," said Carol Peebles, a Kmart employee.
Peebles said the man who walked into the store Monday morning wanted to pay $100 on a layaway account.
"He said, I want to help someone else," said Peebles.
The man told her we wanted to help a person or a family who was buying toys. They chose Monk's account at random, then called her to tell her what happened.
"She was astonished and then she started crying," said Peebles.
"It was overwhelming, it was just overwhelming. I wanted to be a blessing for somebody and God blessed me in the process," said Monk.
Peebles said it made her want to cry too.
"I hope the man who did this, sees this, because this lady's helping somebody else and he helped her," said Peebles.
The man never told them his name or anything about him. However, both Monk and Peebles know, thanks to two people, paying it forward, a family will have Christmas.
"It's a blessing. It's a total blessing. It's awesome," said Monk.
"It makes you want to do something for somebody else, to spread it," said Peebles.
Peebles said she has worked at Kmart for 22 years. During that time, she said she has seen a lot of people struggle to pay their layaway bills, but she has never seen a Secret Santa come forward with cash.
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