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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A Walmart representative said a local sports figure stopped into a Louisville location and paid off $13,000 worth of layaway accounts for customers.
It happened sometime last week, at the Walmart on Raggard Road, near Greenbelt Hwy.
Officials at Walmart say the sports figure chose to remain anonymous.
The accounts for approximately 168 families were paid off as a result of the generous gesture. Tequila Batts is one of the people who benefited from the Secret Santa's generosity.
"I can't believe someone out there picked me, and don't know anything about me and my situation," Batts said.
When you listen to Batts explain her situation, it's a wonder she's still alive. Hit by a train, homeless and divorced -- all at the same time. She had all but written off Christmas for her 10-year-old daughter, Quiajah.
"I had already told her, 'just give momma more time,'" she said.
But now she's shaking the gifts under the tree, like a kid on Christmas morning.
"And this is the first time in two years I'm able to give her what she wanted," she said, breaking down.
There are 167 more stories coming from the Walmart on Cane Run Road. Walmart workers chose who would receive the gift based on what they had on hold: toys and toddlers' clothing being a telling sign of someone in need.
"Being in retail, you kind of get immune to holidays," said Connie Smith, an assistant manager at Walmart. "And it kind of brought back the spirit of Christmas for me. "
"One woman was telling me how she only had a couple grandkids, and she wasn't going to be able to get them anything, and now she was," said Deidre Deweese, a Walmart worker. "That's when I started losing it and crying myself."