Perry said he had planned to remain anonymous, but "due to some circumstances" news of the generous act leaked, and he made a decision to post a video on Twitter revealing which stores' layaway tabs he paid.
Perry captioned the video, which has been "liked" over 78,000 times at the time of this writing, "I was trying to do this anonymously but oh well!"
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Perry's gesture applied to layaways that were already in the stores as of 9:30 a.m. local time on December 6. "Merry Christmas", Perry said to close his video.
Perry advised the people that they'd have to spend a penny to get the items.
"I know it's hard times, a lot of people struggle, and I'm just really, really grateful to be in a position to do this, so God bless you, go get your stuff", he closed.
Christmas came early for hundreds of families thanks to Tyler Perry. That covered all but one penny of the balances. "It shows that we know there's still good people in the world", she said. "THANK YOU! #SparkKindness", a representative for Walmart tweeted. 'They have not been able to work this week because they both have the Flu and the Kids too.