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Oklahoma layaway angels, others pay forward while holiday shopping

Kmart customers paying off the accounts of strangers and a global market that supports schoolchildren in Africa are a few unique ways consumers are giving back this holiday season in Oklahoma.

BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: December 6, 2012
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’Tis the season for giving, and some retailers are providing unique opportunities for shoppers to spread cheer to the less fortunate.

The trend of layaway angels — when a shopper randomly pays off the layaway accounts of strangers — is back this year. Glen Beckley, general manager of the Tulsa Kmart store at 10131 E 21st St., had his first layaway angel of the season visit the store a few days ago. She gave $200 and was able to pay off four customers’ accounts.

Beckley said the...

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At a glance

Gifts with extra benefit

TOMS shoes: For every pair sold, the company donates a pair of shoes to children in need. So far, they have given more than 2 million pairs of shoes. TOMS are sold at Whole Foods Market, Metro Shoe Warehouse, Journeys, Sun & Ski Sports and other stores.

Charity Pot from LUSH: The cosmetics retailer donates every penny, excluding tax, from jars of its Charity Pot body lotion to grassroots charities across the globe. LUSH Cosmetics has one metro area location in Penn Square Mall.

•Shop Good: Every item in this Oklahoma City boutique at 3 NW 9 is connected to a deserving charity or community.

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