"We like for them to be surprised," he said.
Some families in Vienna in Wood County were also surprised by a visit from the layaway angels, according to an article by The Associated Press.
An individual paid off about $8,600 in layaways at the Vienna Kmart on Wednesday. That totaled 41 accounts, according to The Associated Press.
"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 wants to remain anonymous, hopes his gift will move others to take similar actions.
Layaway angels are not a new phenomenon, Rasnake said. There were about 30 layaway accounts paid off last year before Christmas, he said.
The angels started coming into the store at the beginning of December last year, Rasnake added.
"Last year was the first year I'd heard anything about this," he said.
Rasnake hopes that more people will take up the cause and come in to help needy individuals pay off their layaway accounts.
"It's just really nice to see this kind of generosity," he said. "Once the customers come in and see that they're accounts have been paid off, they always tear up."
"You can just tell that they're very grateful," Rasnake added.
Kmart stores also have a layaway giveaway program where an account is randomly drawn once a month, Rasnake said. That account is then paid in full, he 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.Contact writer Paul Fallon at paul.fal...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817. Follow him at www.twitter.com/PaulBFallon. ;