- VIRGINIA BEACH
In a partnership between the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and the non-profit organization Pay Away the Layaway, Inc., military families at several NEX locations had an early holiday surprise when their layaway balances were paid off.
In all, 700 families at NS Norfolk, Va,; NB San Diego, Calif.; NEX Pearl Harbor, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; NWS Charleston, JB Charleston, S.C.; and NEX Orlando, Fla., had their layaway balances totaling nearly $133,000 paid off.
Celebrity Montel Williams, a former U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, and Ulysees Gilbert III, a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, surprised the patrons with the news via a video.
Customers at NEX Norfolk were happy to receive the good news that their layaways had been paid.
“I have five kids … you always see this on TV, but you never think it’ll happen to you,” said Navy spouse Albertine Griffin. “I thought [NEX Norfolk] was calling me because I missed a payment!”
As part of this year’s surprise, families at NEX Charleston and NEX Norfolk had their layaways paid in full by Pay Away the Layaway, Inc., and its featured sponsor, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
Since 2016, NEX layaway balances totaling nearly $400,000 have been paid for military families. This year, Pay Away the Layaway, Inc., will pay off layaway balances totaling over $615,000 for 2,500 families at retail stores across the country.
Edited by Larry Lapka
A customer at NS Norfolk, Va., picks up her layaway after the balance was paid off by the non-profit organization, Pay Away the Layaway, Inc. In all, 700 families at five NEXs around the country had their layaway balances, totaling nearly $133,000, paid by the non-profit.
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