Sonya McDuffie, of West Haven, had dreams of toys under the tree for Christmas and put the items on layaway at Toys R Us in Milford while she tried to save up enough money to purchase them before Christmas.
She was about to cancel her order on a Mickey Mouse, an Elmo, a doll house and baby dolls, when someone gave her an early Christmas gift and paid off her $470 layaway bill.
“I actually was going to cancel the layaway because I didn't have enough money to get the items I was going to get,” McDuffie said.
When McDuffie got to the store, “They were like, 'I think her layaway was paid off.' I was like, what? What are you talking about? So then the manager and the staff went to the computer and looked it up and it was paid off. I was like, it was paid off! I was so excited (and) numb at the same time,” she said.
No one knows who this Secret Santa is or how much money this person gave to Toys R Us.
As McDuffie was standing inside the store, she couldn't exactly register what was going on.
When she realized that a Secret Santa had granted her holiday wish, she was overjoyed and full of gratitude over a true act of kindness.
“We just wasn't going to have toys for Christmas, maybe only one toy per kid. There wasn't going to be a Christmas. It was just going to be family getting together, so this was a blessing because now they have more items to open from someone that did this for us,” McDuffie said.
The mysterious person's generosity has made for a very Merry Christmas for many local families.