Tyler Perry pays off $434K in layaway orders at Georgia Walmarts

Christmas came early for a bunch of lucky Walmart customers... because Tyler Perry just picked up their tabs

Christmas came early for a bunch of lucky Walmart customers... because Tyler Perry just picked up their tabs

Perry announced the good deed on Twitter, telling his followers that while he preferred to remain anonymous, "nothing stays secret these days".

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.

Perry's holiday gift totals roughly $430,000.

The 49-year-old actor and filmmaker paid for layaway items at two Walmarts in the state - the store's East Point and Douglasville locations.

In a social media video, Perry said Thursday he meant to do the good deed anonymously, "but nothing stays secret these days".

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Technically, the items had to be in layaway before 9:30 a.m. To get the layaway, customers must pay a penny.

"So Merry Christmas to everybody", he added. He says he knows people are struggling and he's just "really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this". You went above and beyond. Eastern Time on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Perry was inspired to join in the spirit of giving this holiday season after seeing "Good Morning America's" story on New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson.

A manager at a Douglasville Walmart that benefited from Perry's kindness told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they occasionally see one person's order paid off by a stranger, but they've never seen anything like this.

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