Who needs Santa Claus when you have Tyler Claus?
Tyler Perry is in the giving spirit this holiday season, as he just dropped $434,000 to pay off shoppers’ layaways at Walmart. Shortly after TMZ reported that the director and actor had written big checks to two stores in the Atlanta area, Perry confirmed the news on Twitter.
“I was trying to do this anonymously, but due to some circumstances ya’ll know how nothing stays secret these days, so I just wanted to go ahead and tell you,” Perry explained in a video before listing the addresses of the two Walmart stores where the layaways were paid off.
“If you have a layaway at either place and it was in there as of 9:30 this morning … I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas,” Perry continued. “So Merry Christmas to everybody — you’ve gotta go into the Walmart and get your layaway, pay a penny — one penny — and you get your layaway.”
Perry added, “I know it’s hard times, a lot of people are struggling, and 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, Merry Christmas!”
I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018
The official Twitter account for Walmart replied, commending Perry for going “above and beyond.”
Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you 💙 #SparkKindness
— Walmart (@Walmart) December 6, 2018
The Boo 2! A Madea Halloween director has been flooded with messages of thanks.
What a beautiful contribution to the community. The spirit of love and giving!! Thank you for being a light!!
— Gloria Tapley (@Hummingbrd) December 6, 2018
I really love the human being that is Tyler Perry.
— Ugo (@UgoTalksAlot) December 6, 2018
You’re awesome brother, thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and yours ❤️
— 100T Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) December 6, 2018
You inspired me to do the same. I can’t pay for everyone but I’m going to get someone’s. ❤️❤️❤️#reasonforthrseason
— Ms. jackson (@athlene61) December 6, 2018
Thank you for continuously spreading good will. Happy holidays to you.
— Rhiannon Rae (@audrhi) December 6, 2018
that MUST be a WONDERFUL feeling to be able to bring joy to so many ppl , my God CONTINUE to bless you @tylerperry
— Tony MF Woods (@Tony_MFWoods) December 6, 2018
May God continue to bless you ❤ Acts of kindness like this mean so much. Personally, I was the kid that wouldn’t have gifts without the kindness of strangers.
— Renée Barrow (@RmBarrow) December 6, 2018
Happy holidays, indeed!
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