(Scroll down for video) Sixteen shoppers were shocked to learn that their bills at Kmart were paid in full by a strange woman.
Sixteen families in Auburn, Maine, received a phone call from their local Kmart last week. The layaway department of the store called to let them know that an anonymous woman had paid all her bills.
The "layaway angel" told the store staff that she had a terminal illness and just wanted to do something good before she died. In just 15 minutes she paid 16 balances, which amounted to about $3,000 in cash, and left.
"I wanted to cry," Joyce Beane, a Kmart manager said. "It was so powerful. It takes something like this to make you think, 'If I face the end of my life, would I take the time to reach out and help people?" She said.
People who saw the anonymous woman said she seemed weak, leaning on the shelves while moving throughout the store.
"This lady has shown there are still good people out there," Rina Thibeau, one of the 16 lucky shoppers, said.