Grandparents pay off toy bills for 82 families: “They changed our Christmas”

Amy Christie

An elderly couple from Victoria, Australia, has set out on a kindness mission. The mystery grandparents paid 82 balances to support struggling families who had outstanding bills at their local Toyworld.

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Scott Mills, who owns Toyworld in Bendigo, revealed that the two grandparents came to his store on Wednesday. They both wanted to give back and help their community, according to Sunnyskyz.

"They told us a story about how they were in hardship when they were younger and struggled to pay their bills ahead of Christmas. They always swore that if they ever found themselves in a position where they could help, they would,” Mills said about the “Secret Santas.”

The couple didn’t hesitate to pay off the bills for 82 families who had bought toys from the store.

Debra Delves, the store manager, revealed that she truly felt she had the “best job ever” as soon as she started calling the 82 families to give them the great news.

"You don't realize how much of an effect the last 12 months has had on these families," she shared with the Daily Mail Australia.
"They said 'you just don't know how this has changed our Christmas and how much this means to us'."

Among the happy customers who were stressing about bills was one mother who was driving at the time she found out the exciting news. She had to pull over and she started crying. A father of twin boys who only had $5 left in his account had his bill covered too. He was worried he wouldn’t be able to buy anything for his kids with Christmas coming closer.

And there was a ripple effect. On hearing about the “Secret Santas” initiative, another man from Bendigo offered to donate $100 to the father so he could take his boys for a nice dinner when their birthday comes.

"We were all in tears!" Delves added.

Even though the owner of the shop knows the identity of the local grandparents who made so many people happy and grateful, he said they wish to remain anonymous. Their names and how much they spent will not be disclosed, but the amazing deed reminds us that we can all help each other in the most difficult moments.

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