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Anonymous angels are spending time at Kmart. At the layaway counter.

Forum Communications reports several anonymous donors have come to the discount stores in the Fargo-Moorhead area to cover the cost of toys and children’s clothes that are on layaway. The old practice of layaway has seen a resurgence during the recession. It allows shoppers to plan to make small, regular contributions to pay for items over a period of weeks. Kmart customers can put an item on layaway for Christmas for up to 12 weeks.

Last year, “layaway angels” paid off purchases at the Kmart in south Fargo. This year, contributions at area stores continued, in amounts of $200 to $500. The donations arrive as cash or a cashier’s check bearing no name.

Earlier this week, the largest contribution yet arrived. An anonymous donor dropped off $3,000 at the Kmart at 2301 S. University Drive in Fargo.

The response is often emotional when customers come into the store and learn that a generous stranger paid for their child’s layaway gift.

“I’ll be honest with you,” said Nick Bosh, manager of the Kmart. “A lot of times they probably wouldn’t have got that layaway item. That really hits home.”

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