NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Christmas came early for some shoppers in Manhattan.
Several shoppers at Burlington Coat Factory in Union Square were surprised to find out their layaway balances were paid in full.READ MORE: 2 Women, 4-Year-Old Girl Shot In Times Square
Volunteers from the organization Pay Away The Layaway covered more than $10,000-worth of holiday layaways for families in the area and delivered the happy news too.READ MORE: MTA Bus Catches Fire In The Bronx, 1 Person Injured
“I was thinking about how I was gonna get all my stuff for Christmas, but then when they called me I was so happy, I said ‘wow, for the first time a Christmas miracle in my life,” shopper Daon Kpole said.
“I’ve been in this country for 45 years, I never received anything free, so I think it was very nice, very nice of this organization to give back,” Claire Taylor added.MORE NEWS: Times Square Shooting Has Area Business Owners Wondering If They Can Stay Afloat Amid Citywide Surge In Gun Violence
The non-profit group raises money online to make the layaway payoffs possible.