A regional city in WA’s South West is swelling with Christmas spirit after a secret Santa paid off thousands of dollars in presents for total strangers.
The generous but anonymous benefactor cleared all the $12,500 in outstanding lay-bys for customers at Toyworld in Bunbury, 170km south of Perth.
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Store owners, brothers Rick and Harvey Baker, broke the news in a post on social media. The only detail they revealed was that the mystery donor was a local businessman.
“It has been truly amazing being able to share this news with our customers and see their joy … upon collecting their lay-bys,” the siblings said in a post.
“What a wonderful Christmas gesture to share some joy among the Bunbury community.”
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The donor told the brothers in early December that he had enjoyed a good year and wanted to pass on some of his success.
“I was gobsmacked, over the moon and all the emotions that come with it,” Harvey told 7NEWS.com.au.
“We kept it in-house for about two weeks and then broke the news to customers as they came in.”
Amid soaring cost-of-living pressures and a housing crisis, Harvey said it had been an overwhelming few weeks being able to tell parents the great news.
One particular story summed up just how much the act meant, with a single dad who recently lost his job in tears when told his $275 toy bill was accounted for.
A local businessman has selflessly paid off thousands in lay-bys for complete strangers. Credit: Google Maps
It’s not the first time a Bunbury businessperson has contributed so generously at the store, with $13,500 donated to pay off lay-bys in 2021.
The Baker brothers have owned the business for more than four decades and are looking to sell as they move into retirement.