For kids (and former kids) all over the country, it’s the end of an era: Toys “R” Us, the iconic toy store chain, finally shuttered its last 700 stores and closed for good at the end of June.
The plaything empire’s giant brick-and-mortar stores just couldn’t keep up with online retailers like Amazon, but when the franchise’s days were numbered old fans flocked to the stores for old time’s sake—to find their inner child and maybe a few big discounts, too.
But while the store’s “everything must go” sales drew crowds of thrifty parents, one person had a different idea, ensuring that at least some “Toys ‘R’ Us kids” won’t have to grow up just yet.
Friday, June 29 was scheduled to be the last day that the remaining stores would be open before shuttering for good. The news drew in shoppers, either paying their last respects or looking to snag whatever was left on the shelves after months of liquidation.
But shoppers showing up on the final day of the Raleigh, North Carolina, store were surprised to find it already closed—and its shelves completely emptied.
So what happened? Well, it turns out a good Samaritan had gotten there before them:
A stranger bought out the rest of the toys to give to charity—for a million dollars!
Some kindhearted individual bought out every single toy left in stock, pledging to give the toys to kids in need.
“That’s great,” would-be customer Danyel Smith told WNCN. “I’d like to know who it is.”
The benefactor has asked to remain anonymous, but onlookers had speculations about who it could be—including Bill Gates or even Amazon.
While you might think the hopeful shoppers who came out to snag a good deal might be disappointed, instead they were all thrilled by the good deed.
The charitable buyout was a silver lining on a bittersweet day, sending the beloved store out with a heartwarming bang rather than a whimper.
“Oh, that’s so nice,” Erin Sampson said. “I’m happy to hear that.”
“I like the idea of donating the toys,” Dan Paulson said. “That’s pretty rad.”
The Toys “R” Us closings have brought back a flood of childhood nostalgia to countless people, remembering the thrill of getting a new toy. But this anonymous stranger has taken the opportunity to ensure that dozens of kids will still get to feel that joy, long after Geoffrey has packed his bags:
Just going on a little vacation is all…#TRUBeContinued