COSTA MESA (CBS) — More than 1,000 shoppers were able to gather up their layaway gifts before Christmas thanks to a Laguna Beach man who picked up a $16,000 tab at a local Kmart store.

David Wilson called the store on Dec. 16 and asked employees to tally up all layaway items under $100.

He then sent the store a check for $15, 919.61 to pay for all of the gifts.

The store’s manager spent the next four days calling customers to let them know the good news.

Since then, other layaway angels have donated another $8,000 to the store to help spread holiday cheer.

Employees say most of the donors don’t appear to be wealthy.

Strangers have picked up tabs for gifts at several stores across the state.