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NFL Star Khalil Mack Pays Off $80K in Walmart Layaways in his Florida Hometown

NFL Star Khalil Mack (photo via commons.wikipedia.org)

NFL star Khalil Mack delivered holiday cheer for several customers at a Walmart in his Florida hometown over the weekend, according to KNX NewsRadio. The Chicago Bears linebacker reportedly paid off $80,000 worth of layaway accounts, leaving many families with less to worry about.

To quote the article:

The four-time Pro-Bowler took care of the debts at a Walmart in Fort Pierce through the Khalil Mack Foundation, which focuses on impacting lives of “inter-city and under-privileged youth and families.” The store announced the donation in a Facebook post and thanked him for the act of kindness.

“We have some wonderful News! If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Wal-Mart, you account has been paid off!” the Walmart wrote. “We here at Walmart would like to thank the Khalil Mack Foundation for your generosity, and for making so many families happy for the holidays!”

Mack covered more than 300 accounts, which cost about $80,000 total, according to the Chicago Tribune. “His foundation came to us and said he wanted to be a secret Santa,” store manager Mathias Libardi told TCPalm.com.

Mack is known for giving back to his hometown. In June, he donated 100 pairs of cleats to the Fort Pierce Westwood football team.

To read more: https://knx1070.radio.com/articles/cbs-news/nfl-star-pays-off-walmart-layaways-in-his-hometown

Blind Man Tommy Barber Receives Award For Saving Woman From Apartment Fire

Tommy Barber blind man

Diane Marshall of Fort Pierce, Florida has quite a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  She was rescued in September from a burning apartment fire by her neighbor Susan Laney and friend Tommy Barber (pictured), who is blind. On Tuesday, the duo each received an award for their bravery from the St. Lucie Fire District.  Special mention was given to Barber, who despite his disability, managed to help get Marshall safely away from the blaze, according to WPBF News 25.

Barber told firefighters Marshall was asleep in her apartment when he realized there was a fire. He had gone over to Laney’s home to visit when they smelled smoke. Barber’s blindness never kept him from wanting to help Marshall, as he and Laney grabbed a fire extinguisher and pushed their way into the woman’s apartment.  The dynamic pair somehow managed to get Marshall out of the burning space, with neither person sustaining an injury.

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