Mystery woman pays off all other customers' Toys R Us gifts in £12,000 act of kindness

The woman paid for all the reserved items in a Toys R Us store in Bellingham, Massachusetts. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

An anonymous woman has paid for £12,000-worth of other customers' Toys R Us gifts in an apparently random act of generosity.

The customer - described by staff as a bubbly older woman - was said to have offered the manager of the store in Bellingham, Massachusetts a hug as she made the kindly gesture, adding: "If you have it, give it."

According to the Milford Daily News, the woman paid for all items in the store's reserved list - a move she said would help her "sleep better at night".

Toys R Us says the woman is just one of a number of people who have "paid it forward" for fellow customers in the last year.

“With the holidays here, people look for interesting ways to spread some cheer,” a spokesman for the retailer told the paper.

One mother, who was shocked to learn that the gifts for her two sons had been paid for, said: "I almost wanted to cry."

"It was only $50, but to me that’s a lot of money, and that someone would go and do that gave me chills," she said. “What she did was so caring and thoughtful,” Linda added. “I feel like I was part of something special – touched by an angel.”