Layaway angels payoff remaining balances for local families

Layaway angels payoff remaining balances for local families

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's the season of giving, but for many families, that comes with a heavy financial burden.

Eight families in Savannah who still had gifts to pay off on Kmart layaway received the biggest gift of all
Sunday morning.

"They paid it off! This is really a big surprise to me!" said Shantelika Harris.

It might as well have been like Christmas morning for these families who had been gifted the remaining balance of their gifts that were still on hold at Kmart layaway.

"This is the last thing I had to pay off so I'm done with all the stress because this was stressful," said Harris.

They may look like elves dressed in red and green but they call themselves the "layaway angels." Pay Away the Layaway is a non-profit organization that pays off layaway balances for families at different stores across the country.

"It's something really good to do for people, it's something they don't really expect, said Collen Mancill, Pay Away the Layaway volunteer.

And this Christmas, the organization chose to help eight families with balances at the Kmart on Montgomery Cross Road.

"There was specific criteria: toys on their list, a certain amount of balance left remaining and then they did a little bit of research and chose people," said Mancill.

The selected families thought they were coming to Kmart to pick up a gift card, but little did they know their layaway balances had been paid off just moments before.

The Adams family had $200 left to pay off on toys for their one and six year old. 

"I can't even explain it, I'm so happy," said Onelia Adams.

Shantelika Harris had more than $100 left, which was a big responsibility, to pay off clothes for her younger siblings.

"I'm trying not to cry because this is for my brother and sister and I'm just trying to give them a good Christmas," said Harris.

It's a gift that keeps on giving, as these families walk away with their gifts that were gifted to them.

Pay Away the Layaway spent nearly $1,000 on these eight families. If you would like to donate to pay away the layaway, click here. 

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