All across the country last week, families joined together to celebrate Thanksgiving and ring in the beginning of the holiday season. And much of that celebration was possible because of retail workers who routinely work on Thanksgiving and Black Friday every year.

Now, 125 lucky Texas Walmart employees who worked through Thanksgiving and Black Friday have received anonymous donations for working over the long holiday weekend.

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According to a news release, the employees received an anonymous $100 donation through the Earnin app, which allows people to access a day’s pay immediately after a shift is over. The more than $12,000 in donations were made through an anonymous donor with no ties to the Wal-Mart Corp., according to the news release.

One of the workers who received a donation is in Austin.

“This is the best news I could have gotten today,” Stephani Kohl said. “I definitely needed this break. I’ll be able to get my babies a couple extra presents.”

Erick Rock of Dallas said the donation made his Black Friday shift worth all the hassle.

“I wasn’t thrilled about working on Black Friday, because I knew what to expect. For this to come up after a day’s work literally lit my day and brought me to near tears.”

Anonymous donor gifts $12,000 to Walmart workers on Black Friday John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP

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