The Great Holiday Layaway Payoff

$2,290 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 38 months
Rachael Tartell  WILMINGTON, NC
There are so many families that don't have the means to make the holidays special for their kids. Unfortunately they are left with the choice of either paying bills or buying holiday gifts for their children to open. There are so many layaway plans that are left unpaid because families just don't have the means to do so - which means, no present under the tree Christmas morning.

For the past couple of years I have tried help initiate a "Secret Santa" of sorts and raise money locally to anonymously pay off Christmas layaway plans at Toys R Us for those less fortunate than many of us. Our fabulous Wilmington Film Crew family has been amazing in donating to this and we have paid off close to 50 layaway plans in 2 years.

Since we are all scattered and there is no central place to stage a donation box, this Gofundme site can be a place To donate no matter where you are now and can also cast a wider net on who can donate since we are now using the interwebs.

Please - no matter where you are, please consider donating. If you are unable to financially do so, please consider sharing. This isn't just a loocal fund raiser, so regardless of what state you are in, you can donate.

My plan is to raise as much money as possible until December 10th and then head to the store after to anonymously pay off as many layaway plans as I possibly can. I will, of course, share receipts and keep you all in the loop.

Sorry for the short notice (Christmas around the corner), I had been meaning to post and get this going a while ago but .... You know, life.
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Update 14
Posted by Rachael Tartell
37 months ago
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As a reminder - the layaways have all been paid off and we are no longer accepting donations. If you still wish to spread some joy this holiday season, consider donating to toys for tots or a charity of your choice!!
Thank you to everyone for your interest and generosity!!
Happy holidays!!
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Update 13
Posted by Rachael Tartell
38 months ago
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Thank you so much to all who participated in our fundraiser! Due to your generousity, we raised $2,240 and were able to pay off 22 holiday layaways for some extremely grateful families (and children come Christmas morning!)

In addition, we had $4 left once we paid off all we could, which was then donated to Toys for Tots.

Please help keep spreading holiday cheer .... pay it forward, continue to spread love and do something nice for a stranger. Especially now, this is something we all need.

Merry holidays to all!!

With love,
Each receipt is multiplied by the many happy children and parents this holiday season!! Simply amazing - I can't thank you all enough!
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Update 12
Posted by Rachael Tartell
38 months ago
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With your help, we were able to payoff 22 Christmas layaways this morning!!!

The families will find out today of their secret Santa.

The folks who helped me at Toys R Us said they haven't been much into the Christmas spirit but seeing what we have done has both touched them and help them feel festive. They also want to spread the idea and help spark more good deeds this holiday season, which is all we can ask for. Their favorite part of all of this, they said, is calling the families to let them know they can come pick up their Christmas layaways.

Children do not need to know pain, suffering or struggle. By doing this, I'd like to think we have kept them still children and innocent for at least another holiday season.

With your efforts, we have all put smiles on many peoples faces. Which should hopefully put one on yours.

Thank you with all my heart. ❤️

*ill post pics of the receipts later tonight when I have a free moment
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Update 11
Posted by Rachael Tartell
38 months ago
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Donations are officially done.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!! You have helped put smiles on the faces of children this holiday season (and I'm sure their parents who will now be able to pay that bill they were setting aside so their kids could have Christmas this year).

Consider yourselves holiday angels
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$2,290 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 38 months
Created December 2, 2015
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LL
$50
Larry Long
37 months ago
$25
Margie McLamb Holowaty
38 months ago
RC
$25
Robert Clark
38 months ago
AH
$25
Alisa Harris
38 months ago
VC
$100
Victoria Carnall
38 months ago
PC
$50
Pennie Coussit
38 months ago
$15
David Hitchcock
38 months ago
SB
$15
SHEILA BROTHERS
38 months ago

I couldn't resist. I had to make you reach your goal haha

RE
$25
Rebekah Erford
38 months ago
BS
$200
Brian Stultz
38 months ago
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