Mystery grandparents pay off dozens of toy shop laybys

One mother was in quarantine after coming in close contact with a COVID-positive person and as a result, had lost casual work at a cafe. She didn’t qualify for welfare and was worried about how she was going to afford Christmas.

Another mum was driving. She started crying when she heard the news, and had to pull to the side of the road to compose herself. One father told staff he had $10 in his bank account after losing his job. He said the couple’s generosity would mean his twins would receive a birthday present next week.

It’s been a tough year for the retail industry, and Mr Mills said the cash injection would do wonders for his struggling business.

“I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights,” he said.

“From week to week we didn’t know what was going on. We didn’t know whether we would be here, whether I would have my house. It’s been a really scary time.”

It’s not the first time Good Samaritans have paid off laybys at Toyworld stores.

Donna White, the brand manager for Associated Retailer Limited, which owns the popular Toyworld trademark, said similar acts of kindness had played out at least four times in recent years.

She said generous strangers had also paid off laybys at Toyworld shops in Pakenham in Melbourne’s south-east, in Canberra and Gympie and Burleigh Waters in Queensland.

“There are some very kind people out there,” she said. “This gives everyone a really good feeling.”

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