Secret Santas pick up shoppers' bills

December 21, 2011 8:41:13 PM PST
Surprise Santas are making the holidays brighter for some lucky shoppers in the Chicago area. In random acts of Christmas kindness, they are paying the bill when people pick their items up from layaway or are paying in the checkout line.

Dori Campbell says she was shopping the clearance rack for new clothes, toys and books at a Toys R Us in Joliet but was still unsure how she would be able to pay for the Christmas gifts for her grandchildren. A Good Samaritan intercepted her in the checkout line and paid for it all.

"I was speechless. I was grateful. The tears started coming, because this has never happened to me before and I didn't know what to say," said an emotional Campbell.

It happened again at an Orland Park Toys R Us. The manager says a donor paid about $2,000 for items that were on layaway but about to expire. One of the items was a keyboard for Bob Morgan's son who suffers from Down's Syndrome.

"It restores your faith in fellow man. It makes you appreciate one and another. When the time of need comes, there's somebody there willing to help out," said Morgan.

A spokesperson for Toys R Us says, "the company considers it a really kind gesture in the holiday spirit. It's taking place in a number of stores around the country."

The Joliet donor insists on staying anonymous. But Dori Campbell wants him to know how grateful she is. She was recently evicted from her apartment and has been in and out of hospitals.

"I am overwhelmed. I am so grateful. I am so grateful this person did this for me," said Campbell.

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