‘Layaway angel’ pays off accounts at Brockton Kmart

Shoppers waited for a Kmart to open on Thanksgiving night.
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Shoppers waited for a Kmart to open on Thanksgiving night.

Another “layaway angel” has descended on Massachusetts this holiday season.

A man walked into a Kmart store in Brockton on Monday with $3,000 in cash and paid off about 20 customers’ layaway accounts, store officials said.

The man did not give his name and Jim Doucette, the store’s loss prevention manager, said he had no indication of why the man donated the money.


He “just seemed like a really nice guy,” Doucette said.

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Doucette said similar donations have been made at the store a few times this year, but this was the highest amount.

“It was a good cheer for the holiday season,” he said. “I had the distinct pleasure of contacting people who had their balances paid off. They were extremely happy. Some of the people . . . began to cry.”

Doucette said the Main Street store still has about 100 outstanding layaway accounts left, totaling about $25,000.

Kmart’s layaway program allows customers to set aside merchandise and pay it off in increments. Once their last payment is settled, they can pick up the items from the store.


Earlier this month, two unidentified donors walked into different Toys “R” Us stores in Massachusetts and paid off all the layaway orders.

One woman walked into a Toys “R” Us in Bellingham, and paid more than $20,000 to settle payments on 150 layaway accounts. A few days later, another woman walked into a store in Auburn and paid $19,600 to pay off the store’s 125 existing layaway accounts.

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