Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack cemented his status on this year’s nice list by paying off $80,000 in holiday layaway tabs at Walmart in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida.
“We here at Walmart would like to thank the Khalil Mack Foundation for your generosity, and for making so many families happy for the holidays!” the Fort Pierce Walmart revealed on its Facebook page last week. “Everyone is truly greatful [sic] for everything you have done for them!”
The $80,000 payment was made through the NFL star’s charity, Khalil Mack Foundation, a nonprofit committed to bringing educational, athletic, and extra-curricular initiatives to intercity and under-privileged populations. A Walmart spokesperson estimated that between 300 and 350 accounts were paid in full, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Paying off holiday layaway balances at retailers like Walmart and Target appears to be a holiday trend among Good Samaritans. Recent reports from Auburn and Anniston, Alabama; Kalispell, Montana; and Meridian, Idaho, show that local, anonymous donors are performing similar good deeds across the country.
Mack also isn’t the only celebrity doing good and spreading cheer this holiday season, either.
Singer-songwriter Sia visited a Walmart in Palm Springs, California, over Thanksgiving and paid for items in shoppers’ carts. The avant-garde artist, typically seen in wigs and costumes, entered the Walmart dressed in casual clothes and referred to herself as “Cici.” That same day, she visited a nearby T.J. Maxx to surprise unsuspecting shoppers and paid for their items.
Stephanie is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.