Tyler Perry plays 'Secret Santa,' pays off $434000 in Walmart layaways

Christmas came early for a bunch of lucky Walmart customers... because Tyler Perry just picked up their tabs

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, any items placed on layaway at the East Point and Douglasville stores before 9:30 a.m. December 6, were included in Perry's payments.

He says it's hard to keep anything anonymous these days (and he's right), and noted that he was inspired by the recent story about an anonymous man who paid off an entire Walmart layaway department in Vermont.

In a social media video, Perry said Thursday he meant to do the good deed anonymously, "but nothing stays secret these days".

Walmart confirmed to ABC News that Tyler Perry wrote checks totaling approximately $430,000 between the two stores.

The store also took to Twitter to thank Perry: "Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families".

A Walmart manager at the Douglasville location told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the store usually has about 1,000 layaway accounts at this time of year. "Merry Christmas", Perry said to close his video. "I'm just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this, so God bless you, go get your stuff".

Perry advised the people that they'd have to spend a penny to get the items.

Gayle Benson owner of the New Orleans Saints reacts before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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