surprised by a visit from the layaway angels, according to The Associated Press.
A man paid off about $8,600 in layaways at the Vienna Kmart on Wednesday. That covered 41 accounts.
"First he wanted to just do toys," said Kyle Chester, the store's manager. "We explained to him that most people have a vast array of merchandise in layaway."
Chester said the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, hopes his gift will move others to take similar actions.
Layaway angels are not a new phenomenon, Rasnake said. About 30 accounts were paid by donors before last Christmas.
The angels started coming into the store at the beginning of December last year.
"Last year was the first year I'd heard anything about this," he said.
Rasnake hopes more people will take up the cause.
"It's just really nice to see this kind of generosity," he said. "Once the customers come in and see that their accounts have been paid off, they always tear up.
"You can just tell that they're very grateful."
Kmart stores also have a layaway giveaway program. An account is randomly drawn once a month and paid in full, Rasnake said.
"I've seen us pay off accounts that were around $400, and I've seen us pay off accounts that were for $40," Rasnake said. "It's totally random."
The company has been participating in the layaway giveaway program for nine weeks, he said.