“I know it’s hard times. A lot of people are struggling and I’m just really really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this," the director announced in a video posted on his Twitter.
Tyler Perry is feeling the giving spirit this holiday season. On Thursday the Nobody's Fool director announced on his Twitter that he paid off all layaway items at Walmart retail stores located in Douglasville and East Point, Georgia.
“I was trying to do this anonymously but through some circumstances, you know, nothing stays secret these days, so I just want to go ahead and tell you,” the director said in a video.
Perry's payment applied to shoppers who had anything on layaway at the Walmart stores located in the Georgia locations as of 9:30 a.m Thursday morning, he added.
“I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas,” he said. “So merry Christmas to everybody!” He added that customers will simply have to pay a penny in order to receive their layaway gifts.
Perry expressed his gratitude to "be in a position" that would allow him to be so charitable.
“I know it’s hard times," he said. "A lot of people are struggling and I’m just really really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this. So, God bless you. Go get your stuff. Merry Christmas.”
According to a Walmart spokesperson, Perry spent $434,000 to cover the layaway costs.
"Tyler Perry’s generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can’t thank him enough for his kindness. The heartfelt excitement and joy we’re seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching," Walmart said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Walmart also took to Twitter to celebrate the director's generosity.
"Talk about a Merry Christmas! Tyler Perry just reminded everyone of the true meaning of the season. THANK YOU" they tweeted. Walmart then included the hashtag: #SparkKindness in honor of Perry.
Watch Perry's announcement below.
I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!!! pic.twitter.com/T0dhRHyU66— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 6, 2018