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‘Secret Santa’ pays it forward

December 21, 2018 GMT

The Christmas season got a lot brighter for more than a dozen families in the Flathead Valley after a “Secret Santa” paid for their layaway purchases at the Kmart in Evergreen.

“I don’t think that man understands what he did for these kids,” Joani Gailey told the Daily Inter Lake. “I was just shocked and completely surprised.”

Gailey, a mother of three children, had placed presents for her kids and her husband on layaway and was working more hours so that she would have to only make two payments of about 2,400.

“I was overjoyed that someone had taken their time and did this wonderful cause for such hard-working people here in the valley,” Gailey said. “I have heard about people paying it forward before, but I have never been on the receiving end of such a gift. I have also been there lately at Kmart when others have found out what has happened. So to our Secret Santa, know that you have made a lot of families very appreciative this Christmas, but also a few of us have paid it forward and actually made payments toward other layaways.”


Reporter Scott Shindledecker may be reached at 406-758-4441 or sshindledecker@dailyinterlake.com.