Tyler Perry played Santa Claus for many families this festive season when he paid off the layaways of around 1,500 people at two Walmarts in Georgia, reports said.
As reported by E!News, a source shared that Perry, one of the highest paid men in entertainment, donated around $432,635 to the stores. A layaway gives a customer a way to reserve a product at a retailer and then pay for it over a period of time.
Tyler took to Twitter to share, "I was trying to do this anonymously. So I just wanted to go ahead and tell you, if you have a layaway at Walmart at 844 Cleveland Avenue in East Point, GA, in Atlanta, or if you have a layaway at the Walmart at 7001 Concourse Parkway in Douglasville, GA...if you have a layaway at either place and it was in there as of 9:30 this morning...I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas. So Merry Christmas to everybody."
I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018
"You gotta go into the Walmart, get your layaway, pay a penny, one penny, and you get your layaway. I know it's hard times, a lot of people are struggling and I'm just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. So God bless you, go get your stuff, and Merry Christmas," he shared.
According to a Walmart spokesperson, "Tyler Perry's generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can't thank him enough for his kindness. The heartfelt excitement and joy we're seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching."
Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you 💙 #SparkKindness— Walmart (@Walmart) December 6, 2018
The company also responded to Perry's act of kindness and posted a response on Twitter, "Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you #SparkKindness."