2012-12-19 / Local & State

Secret Santa Pays Western Pa. Families' Layaways

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A secret Santa is bringing real holiday cheer to some western Pennsylvania families.

Dennis and Autumn Buckley of Washington County say they got a call from Toys R Us in Washington Mall in South Strabane saying their Christmas layaway was “paid for by Santa.”

An anonymous man paid $205 the couple owed on a Thomas the Tank Engine set for their 2-year-old son John. Four other families' layaways were paid, too.

Dennis Buckley says he was touched by the kindness.

He says they're not facing financial hardship so the family is paying it forward.

Buckley is a pilot, so he says he will put in 10 hours of flight time to Angel Flight. The nonprofit's volunteers fly seriously ill patients to medical facilities free of charge.

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