Local man plays Secret Santa and pays nearly $30,000 worth of layaways for military families
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - In the customer service area of the Oceana Navy Exchange, a man dressed in a black polo, black pants and black sneakers moved back and forth between two cash registers. He did this about 120 times, each time swiping his credit card and paying for a holiday layaway. The grand total came to nearly $30,000.
"Each one they have to do separately. It's exciting!" said Luke Hillier with a big smile on his face.
Hillier, a local businessman, has been known for donating his time and money. In 2017, he flew to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Since the Oceana Navy Exchange needed to do each transaction individually, Hillier was in the store for a few hours, which made it possible for him to bump into customers who came in to pay their layaway.