MACCLENNY, Florida -- Christmas came early for customers at a Walmart in northeast Florida. But this time, Santa was missing his iconic soft, white beard and big, round belly. This year Santa was a woman.
Betty Trimble, mom of country superstar Tim McGraw and mother-in-law of equally famous songstress Faith Hill, astonished strangers by donating $5,000 to pay off items on layaway on behalf of her son and daughter-in-law.
Other unsuspecting shoppers saw their day brightened when Trimble gave them signed Christmas cards with cash inside. Talk about spreading Christmas cheer!
McGraw and Hill's generosity extended even to people who didn't have anything on layaway and were were just browsing at Walmart.
Jessica Lumpkin shared a photo of the card she received--complete with two very famous signatures! Inside McGraw and Hill wished her a Merry Christmas.
"I didn't have anything on layaway, was just picking up a package and she gave me this. I've never had this happen to me," she wrote on Facebook. "I'm glad I call Baker County my home."
Trimble even happily posed for photos, smiling with those she had just helped.
"It’s great that Tim and Faith’s generous giving has made Christmas brighter for some unsuspecting customers in our store," Leslee Wright, the Walmart communications manager, told NBC affiliate First Coast News. "It’s an honor to be a small part of these random acts of kindness and see the joy on our customers’ faces.”
This act of kindness continues the couple's tradition of charity and paying it forward.
Last year, McGraw and Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families that are struggling financially, got together to gift 36 veterans with mortgage-free homes.
McGraw and Hill also started the Neighbor's Keeper Foundation, aimed at strengthening communities by focusing on initiatives for children. This foundation is also seeking donations to help those who have been affected by the wildfires that swept through Tennessee.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf area in 2005, the duo held a concert and donated all proceeds, which totaled over $1 million, to hurricane relief. In the months following, the two continued to hold concerts to raise money for victims.
McGraw also supports the Tug McGraw foundation, which is named after his late father. In 2003, Tug McGraw was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died less than a year later. The foundation seeks to grow awareness and help fund research for brain-related traumas and tumors.