GRANBURY — It's the type of good news that doesn't stay quiet during the holidays.
Over the weekend, someone strolled into the Wal-Mart off Highway 377 and picked up the tab for at least $2,000 worth of gifts in the store's layaway program.
"Yes, Virginia there really is a Santa Claus," said Evelyn Willis, a longtime Granbury resident who said the town is buzzing with news of the big payoff.
Brittany Browning, a single mother, said her account of about $125 was among those paid off by the stranger's generosity.
"I thought it was a joke at first," she said. "And then thought it was just amazing that someone would do that."
The local store manager, Craig Roland, told News 8 the person only wanted to help accounts with toys.
"Our store was very touched by this act of kindness right here in our community," Roland said in a statement. "We feel blessed to have been a part of helping others in need."
The layaway program is popular during the holidays. Shoppers are allowed to pick out and reserve certain items and then pay them off later after putting down a small deposit.
Browning said the kind act is especially meaningful this year given the deaths and damages suffered when a tornado touched down in May.
"We've had some tough times," she said. "The community has suffered quite a bit."