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.

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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.

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“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.

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The non-profit group raises money online to make the layaway payoffs possible.