CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — A Secret Santa in New Jersey is making sure Christmas wishes get fulfilled this year for many kids.
Charlie K says he woke up bright and early Friday to shop for his son when he was inspired to give back to the community that has given him so much.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Student Shot, Killed Near Bartram High School In Southwest Philadelphia, Police Say
So, Charlie headed to the Cherry Hill Toys“R”Us and paid for items people had on layaway.
“I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family,” said Charlie K. “I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it.”
Charlie paid for roughly 62 orders, spending $10,780. He intended to pay for all the layaway orders but it ended up being a little too much.
But his good deed didn’t end there, he also had everyone in the store choose three items for him to purchase for Toys for Tots.
“The Marines and Toys for Tots are one of the best organizations, and I don’t want to forget them,” he said.READ MORE: Bucks County 911 Call Centers Suffering Staffing Shortages: 'It Has Been A National Problem For Many Years'
Charlie K says he tries to give back to his community often but this is the first time he has done anything like this.
Many like Stephanie Dawson heard about Charlie’s act of kindness and rush to the store to find she’s among the lucky recipients.
For her, the gift represents seven presents for the grandchildren worth $200.
“I want to say thank you very much and I appreciate it and thank god for you,” she said.
Others like Jessica Jey have no idea.
She showed up today planning to pay full price for a big box of toys set aside for the kids.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested In New York For Deadly Shooting At Vineland Wawa
“They come over and tell me someone actually paid the layaway,” Jey tells CBS3. “It’s definitely an early Christmas and I want to say thank you to the gentleman that came in and donated it’s like the best feeling thank you.”