Good Samaritan Pays Off 35 Layaway Bills in D’Iberville

By Michelle Lady – bio | email
D’IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -You have probably heard about “Secret Santas” across the country doing generous things during the holiday season. Well, South Mississippi has its own Secret Santa who paid off 35 layaway bills this week at the D’Iberville Walmart.

Mother of two young girls Likedria Kemp said, “It’s a feeling like no other to know they will have that satisfaction and share what other kids normally do.”

Money is a struggle for Kemp. So when she got a call from Walmart telling her someone had paid her layaway bill, she said she burst into tears and started screaming.

“Thank you, Jesus. Because I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I did it on a whim and hoping I could pay it off on time, so it was just a big, big surprise for me and such a blessing,” Kemp said.

Diane Young was also overcome with emotion when she got the good news that the someone paid for the gifts she put on layaway months ago for her three-year-old grandson.

“To do this for someone she has never met, no words can describe it. No words can even express,” Young said. “I was just blown away. It just came at a really good time and helped me in my life right now.”

Both women say the acts of kindness have been contagious.

“I’m getting teary,” Young said. “This woman not only touched my life, but allowed me to be able to touch another little boy who is going to get a 12-inch Spiderman bike.”

“I decided I am going to put something else on someone else’s layaway, the money that I did save,” Kemp said.

They hope their small tokens of appreciation will touch someone else’s life the way they have been touched.

“Thank you so, so much from the bottom of my heart and my families,” Young said with tears in her eyes. “For you to take the time and pay someone’s layaway without even meeting the person, you are an angel. And I wish I could hug you and tell you thank you and God bless.”

Kemp had tears rolling down her face when she said, “Thank you and God bless you. God bless you and continue to doing and inspire others to do the same thing because it means so much.”

The “Secret Santa” spent about $600 just on these two women’s bills.

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