Sixteen families in Auburn, Maine, received surprising and heartwarming phone calls last week saying an anonymous stranger had paid their layaway bills.
The "Layaway Angel" told the staff at her local KMart that she was terminally ill and just wanted to do something nice before she died, reports say.
In only 15 minutes she paid off 16 balances, totaling more than $3,000.
"I wanted to cry," Joyce Beane, the store's manager, recalled.
“It was that powerful. It takes something like this to make you think, 'Oh, my word. If I were facing the end of my life, would I take time to reach out and help people?'"