Secret Santas share Christmas cheer by paying layaway balances

MIAMI -- A non-profit group is continuing its now annual tradition of paying layaway bills for people at a Walmart in Florida. The manager at one Miami-area Walmart got to deliver the exciting news to a few lucky customers.  

Secret Santas are sharing the Christmas cheer by paying off layaway balances. 

"It gives people an opportunity to say and think, 'Wow, there's somebody out there that I could really help at this moment.' That's what this is really about," Walmart Manager Joe Moinz said.

The South Beach Athletic Club kicked off the gift giving by donating $500. That pays the bill for about six families.

"We take care of as many families in the communities as possible, because it's all about taking care of each other, and that's what Christmas is all about," RS Schmitt with the South Beach Athletic Club said.

Ulrick Neal received a phone call alerting him that his layaway balance had been paid off.

"God bless those people, because we really need it," Neal said. 

Neal will be able to give his wife a brand new computer this Christmas.

"For something like that to happen, that's a gift from God. You be appreciative to it and you're grateful to that person. I wish I knew who it was so I could give them a hug and say 'God bless you,'" Neal said.

The Walmart in North Miami Beach still has about $400,000 in layaway balances. The store says payments are due by December 14th.