Secret Santas Helping Strangers in Jackson

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The count down to Christmas is on and Toy House in Jackson is bustling with customers doing some last minute holiday shopping and also some secret santas who decided now is the time to give back.

"We had a customer come in and they wanted to do something special so they paid on a number of our layaways," said Phil Wrzesinski, owner of Toy House and Baby Too.

This one good deed started a trend. A handful of customers receiving the anonymous gift gave back by paying off someone else's layaway.

"When you see a customer that's the recipient of this, you see their face light up, you know that it means a lot to them," said Wrzesinski.

It seems the spirit of giving is contagious. The Jackson Coffee Company reported that since Saturday, almost 200 customers paid the drink of the person behind them. Like what happened at Toy House, it just took one person to start the trend.

"A lady came by at around 7:05, 7:30 [Saturday morning] and she bought her drink. She said here's $2. I want you to give this $2 to the next car's drink and tell them that God loves them and pass it forward and tell them merry Christmas," said Steven Owsley, barista at Jackson Coffee Company.

After that, many others who received gave back.

"It was 12 solid hours of people paying it forward, car after car," Owsley said.

While it's the first time they've seen anything like this happen at Jackson Coffee Company, the owner of Toy House says it's the second year in a row they've had secret santas.

"Last year we had a gal just broke down in tears because she was coming in to cancel her layaway because she didn't have the money to pay for it, found out it was paid off," said Wrzesinski.

He's seen how the spirit of giving can truly make a difference. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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