St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, dipping into a trust fund bequeathed to it more than 100 years ago, paid layaway bills at Walmart for shoppers.
“The criteria for this was that the people had to be residents of Ohio County, either Wheeling or Triadelphia, and they needed to have children,” said the Rev. Mark Seitz, rector of St. Matthew's. “They needed to be buying toys. So the layaways that we were paying off were toys for children for Christmas. And the manager went through and found people in those two communities and as far as I know, they are not going to be told who did this, just that it was done for them.”