In The Spirit Of Giving

This Dad Planned To Have A Normal Black Friday, But Ended Up Buying $10,000 Worth Of Toys

"I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family."

With less than a month to go before Christmas, one New Jersey man identified only as Charlie K. wanted to make sure several kids in his area had something special to open on December 25.

To that end, Charlie spent his Black Friday shopping not for himself or his family, but for complete strangers. According to CBS 3, Charlie woke up early on November 24 to hit the stores with his son in an effort to line his own Christmas tree with presents, but was instead inspired to give back to a town that has given him so much.

The news outlet reports the generous dad visited the Toys R Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and purchased many of the items people had on layaway. When all was said and done, Charlie spent nearly $11,000 making the holidays merrier for families who may have been struggling to pay for gifts for their loved ones. 

"I'm trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family," Charlie said of his good deed. "I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it."

Though paying for all of the layaway orders proved to be a bit too costly for Charlie, he was able to cover over 60 orders, and he didn't even stop there. CBS 3 also reports Charlie set aside an additional $2,000 for Toys for Tots, and told shoppers in the store at the time to choose three items to give to the worthy organization that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children, which he would pay for.

"The Marines and Toys for Tots are one of the best organizations, and I don't want to forget them," Charlie added.

A Toys R Us spokeswoman confirmed the early spreading of holiday cheer, telling NJ.com, "We love the heartwarming acts of one secret Santa who visited Toys R Us Cherry Hill this morning - Charlie K. paid off more than 62 Layaway orders totaling approximately $10,780."

Once word of Charlie's kind gesture had spread, area shoppers flocked to the Toys R Us to see if their orders had been covered. Stephanie Dawson, who found out Charlie had purchased the $200 worth of toys she had put on layaway for her grandchildren, was very grateful. "I want to say thank you very much and I appreciate it and thank god for you," she said.

Per Time, a 2016 Rubicon poll found American parents spent an average of $1,711 during the holidays and about $495 per child. For families on a budget those figures can be astronomical, so it's great to see people like Charlie and organizations such as Toys For Tots pitch in to lend a hand.

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