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Local layaway angels


Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 --- 6:33 p.m.

It's the time of year again where finding the extra cash to buy holiday gifts can be tough, but 4 lucky people in Sun Prairie, don't have to worry about that anymore.

They're called "layaway angels" stopping into stores and paying off the layaway balances of complete strangers. We spoke with a Walmart store manager who says it was a touching thing to be a part of.

Whether you believe in angels or not, it's not uncommon for Walmart employees to meet them face to face this time of year.

"I was again surprised, I knew we had the ability to do it, but I hadn't experienced it."

For Zeke Obregon, it was his first encounter with an angel.

"So I was actually touched, where I was really touched, almost broke down a little bit that they were willing to pay it off."

Before that, it was just like any other busy day at the Sun Prarie Walmart, Zeke was working layaway, piling up toy after toy behind the counter for parents who couldn't quite afford them yet. He says that's when the young lady showed up.

"She was asking how much they were and what was on it, and once she realized it was toys she said OK I'll go ahead and pay for that one. Then she said can we do another? And then another? And she ended up paying 4 different layaways."

Four layaways for four families, who had no idea the surprise that was waiting for them inside the layaway bins. Barbies, toy cars, and dolls, all for free.

"Surprise, shock, one customer actually broke down in tears a little bit when they found out they didn't have to pay for it."

One of our viewers, Brooke, was one of the lucky ones, she's a divorced mother of 5 struggling to get through nursing school. She posted on our facebook page this weekend calling her experience a Christmas miracle. Writing "I cannot express the depth of my gratitude and I will make sure I pay it forward." Zeke says for that reason, it brings the whole town closer together.

"Somebody that willing to come in and help you with a part of that, and take care of the items on layaway, I think that's outstanding and makes the community as a whole that much better."


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