Anonymous Donor Buys $1M Of Leftover Toys 'R' Us Stock And Gives It To Local Kids

The heart-breaking image of Geoffrey The Giraffe with his suitcase leaving Toys 'R' Us for the very last time went viral earlier this week as big kids come to terms with a piece of their childhood dying off forever.

Toys 'R' Us has closed all of its stores, with the UK shops shutting up in April and their US counterparts closing yesterday.

However, it's not all doom and gloom, because an anonymous donor at one store bought $1 million (£757,000) worth of left over stock and donated it to local kids. How lovely is that?

Staff at the Triangle Town Centre store in North Carolina spent their last shift boxing up all the remaining toys and putting them on a truck, WFLA reports.

This isn't the first time the toy shop has seen a random act of kindness; in December last year, two anonymous 'secret Santas' went in and paid off $10,000 (£7,570) in layaway toys.

Manager Jay Roes told WGME: A nice couple, local, want to be anonymous came in and wanted to pay off $10,000 in people's layaway."


Naturally, customers were delighted when they arrived to pay off their balance only to be told it was already done.

Speaking about one woman finding out she didn't owe anything, he added: "My cashier was able to let her know that she didn't have a balance due and she could pick up her stuff. It took her a minute to understand what happened and she cried at the front of my store."

Doesn't all of this just make you even sadder about the company going into administration, eh?

The company, which was in business for 70 years, filed for bankruptcy late last year and was unable to turn its financial difficulties around.

People haven't coped very well with the sad news:

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

The gutting news of the company going into admisntration was followed by even more tragic news in March this year whenToys 'R' Us founder Charles P Lazarus died at the age of 94.

In a statement, the company told Mirror Online: "There have been many sad moments for Toys 'R' Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus.

"He visited us in New Jersey just last year and we will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family and loved ones."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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