Tyler Perry pays off more than $430,000 in layaways ahead of Christmas

Tyler Perry pays off more than $430,000 in layaways ahead of Christmas

Shoppers at two Walmart locations in Atlanta have gotten quite the holiday surprise if they had any items of layaway since Tyler Perry has paid every bill at each location.

Actor, comedian, and filmmaker Tyler Perry is perhaps best known for his "Madea" character and his long-running sitcom, Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

"God Bless, go get your stuff, Merry Christmas", Perry said.

"I was shocked. It shows that we know there's still good people in the world", she stressed.

It happened at stores in Vermont, New York, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He says he knows people are struggling and he's just "really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this". Putting an item on layaway allows customers to make small payments on items until they pay in full and can retrieve their product.

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"You gotta go into the Walmart, get your layaway and pay a penny, one penny, and you get your layaway", Perry said in the video post.

"So Merry Christmas to everybody", he added.

Perry was inspired to join in the spirit of giving this holiday season after seeing "Good Morning America's" story on New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson.

In recent weeks, anonymous good Samaritans have paid off all layaway items in four Walmart stores in different parts of the country - a total of more than $130,000.

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