Good Samaritan pays for 8,000 toys on layaway at local Toys 'R' Us

Mandy Velez
Contributing Writer

The holiday season is officially underway, which means the surge of shoppers looking to purchase gifts for loved ones has kicked off too. For some, the time of year can be a financially stressful one, especially for parents looking to get their kids’ favorite toy. Sometimes though, Santa comes early.

This Black Friday, a New Jersey resident who identified himself as Charlie K. headed to the Cherry Hill Toys “R” Us with his son. Instead of just getting his son items, Charlie paid for 60 layaway orders — adding up to 8,000 toys worth $10,000.  

Through layaway programs, stores hold on to items people choose until they come back to pay for it at a later time. Because of Charlie’s deed, a group of Toys “R” Us shoppers will no longer have to wait.

The dad told CBS3 that he wanted to give back to the community that has given him so much.

“I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family,” Charlie K. told CBS3. “I love this community, and I am trying to provide back to it.”


He didn’t stop at the layaway orders, either. He also had everyone in the store pick out three toys to donate to Toys for Tots, a nonprofit run by the United States Marines that donates toys to kids in need.

This time of year is often teeming with stories about good Samaritans, or as some may call them, Santa’s helpers. Last season, an anonymous shopper under the pseudonym “Santa B” paid for $46,265.59 in layaway items at a Pennsylvania Walmart.

A woman whose layaway had been paid had $75 on her balance for an Xbox for her grandson. She recently quit her job due to surgery complications and was worried about how to pay the balance, Yahoo reported at the time.

Charlie K. said he had never before donated like he did today, so it appears there’s more good people out there than one would assume. The good news? Anyone can help out. Programs like Pay Away the Layaway accepts any amount from anyone who feels compelled to donate.

’Tis the season.

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