Dec 22, 2012 10:42 AM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
KALISPELL - Flathead Valley residents spent thousands of dollars last year paying off Kmart layaway accounts belonging to complete strangers, and the folks who work at the store are hoping for a surge in more generous donors over the weekend.
The Kalispell store has seen one "layaway angel" come in and pay off a $50 layaway bill so far this holiday season.
Kmart manager Steve Wilson says there's still a few key shopping days left before Christmas, and is optimistic more donations will come in.
Wilson told us that just like last year, it only takes a few layaway angels to inspire dozens of others to get into the giving spirit.
"People don't think about those things sometimes. When they see someone else doing it and the effect that it has-it just cascades. I think once it gets to be the weekend and everybody realizes Christmas is just four days away, that it will take off."
The biggest contribution last year came from an anonymous donor out of Whitefish, and totalled $2,000.