Layaway Angels Strike in the Bay Area

People are paying off shoppers bills so that they can get presents out of layaway in time for Christmas.

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    So-called "Layaway Angels" are spreading holiday cheer by paying off items on layaway in some of the nation's biggest retailers. They're spending big money. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd talks to one family directly impacted by an anonymous benefactor. (Published Thursday, Dec 22, 2011)

    It's a trend that's spreading across the nation and can be found right here in the Bay Area.

    Anonymous benefactors are paying off items and gifts on layaway at some of the biggest retailers.

    The so-called "Layaway Angels" are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those in need this holiday season.

    Since last week, dozens of layaway angels have come to KMart stores nationwide, paying off more than one thousand account to the tune of $412,000.

    And it happened Wednesday night in Pinole for Zarina Wilson of Richmond. She was shocked when she got a call from the store.

    “I was like hold on who is this. I asked who she was and she told me I couldn’t believe it," Wilson said.

    A layaway angel paid off her $177 balance.  Now her five children will have presents to open on Christmas morning.