National nonprofit pays off layaway for Fort Drum families

Pay Away the Layaway

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Some Fort Drum families got a Christmas surprise when items they had on layaway were paid off.

Seven families got the good news that a national program called Pay Away the Layaway was taking care of their charges.

Families at the Post Exchange say they're grateful.

"They got us some presents, they bought it for us and it makes us feel happy, 'cause got stuff from them," Elsie and Ayva Gibson said.

"It's a stressful time of year, and to take that stress away from families, you can't do nothing better, ya know?" said Post Exchange assistant manager Jenna Quillia.

Pay Away the Layaway is a national nonprofit that works with military stores to surprise families like this.

They paid off more than $1,000 in charges at the Post Exchange.

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