The locally based entertainment mogul announced on Twitter Thursday that he had paid off all the items on layaway at the Walmarts in Douglasville and East Point.
I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018
Perry spent about $434,000 on the holiday surprise, but there is a catch: His gift is only for items put on layaway at those stores before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6.
In addition, customers have to pay one cent to pick up their items.
Perry explained his generous gift in the Twitter video:
“I know it’s hard times, everyone’s struggling and I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this,” he said.
Perry also said in the video that he intended the layaway payments to be anonymous, adding, “You know nothing stays secret these days.”
A Walmart manager at the Douglasville location told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the store usually has about 1,000 layaway accounts at this time of year.
The manager, who only gave her first name, Shameka, told the paper she’s never seen such a generous act while employed at Walmart.
“I was shocked,” she said. “It shows that we know there’s still good people in the world.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.