Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pay Away the Layaway?

Pay Away the Layaway, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2011, with the mission of inspiring hope and spreading kindness.

Pay Away the Layaway creates awareness of the “Layaway Angel” movement and raises money via crowd funded donations. All donations go directly to help families paying for their children’s gifts and other essentials purchased on layaway. The organization pays off layaway plans with items for children at stores like Kmart, Burlington, Walmart, Navy Exchange, and the Army & Air Force Exchange during back-to-school and the holidays. We are very grateful for all of the support we receive from our retail partners to be able to do this.

What is “Layaway”?

Many stores provide customers the option to purchase items on “layaway”. Think of layaway as the opposite of buying something with a credit card. Layaway is a payment plan with the retailer, in which you place your items aside at the store and make payments until paid in full.

In what cities do you operate?

Pay Away the Layaway is a national non-profit organization. We have visited cities in all 50 states plus stores on military bases all over the world including Germany, Japan, Italy, and Guam since our inception with plans to visit many more new places. We encourage you to contact us after you donate to let us know if there are any particular areas you’d like us to support.

What retail stores offer layaway?

Pay Away the Layaway works with many retailers that offer layaway programs for their customers. We focus on stores that sell items for kids and babies such as Burlington, Kmart, Walmart, Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and the Navy Exchange.

How will my donation be used?

Your tax-deductible donation will help pay off layaway balances for families in communities across the United States. All donations pay off layaway balances that include items for kids and babies, such as toys, blankets, books, games, cribs, strollers, school supplies, and more. Layaway Angels from Pay Away the Layaway visit stores such as Kmart, Burlington, Walmart, Navy Exchange, and the Army & Air Force Exchange.

What percent of my donation will go directly to the families?

Outside of basic operational costs, you can be sure that your donation is going directly to impact families and most importantly the kids!

How do you select the families?

Families selected by Pay Away the Layaway must meet a simple criteria. First, their layaway has to be primarily gifts and items for kids (kid’s clothes, toys, games, books, backpacks, school supplies, baby essentials, etc.). Second, we try and pay off layaway balances that are approximately $200 per family. Lastly, families that have made attempts to pay off their layaway (more than 1 payment) are given preference. After that, families are selected at random that meet the criteria.

Is my donation secure?

Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Pay Away the Layaway Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Do I get a receipt with my donation?

A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide on this form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

Can I donate offline via check?

Absolutely! Please make the check payable to: Pay Away the Layaway, Inc. and mail to: 17 Spruce Hill Ln, Goshen, NY 10924

What if my company matches my donation?

Pay Away the Layaway works with an organization called Amply (formerly Donate Double) to help our donors with donation matching from your employer. To utilize this, check the box next to “Would you like your employer to match?” while you are on the donation page. Select your company and then enter your work email address. After you complete your donation, you will receive an email with processing instructions specific to your company. Once you complete the simple steps from your company, Amply takes over from there.

If I am unable to donate, how else can I help?

While donations are one of the most important elements that drive our success as a non-profit organization, we also highly encourage our supporters to help us fundraise. If you are unable to donate, you can set up a fundraiser through our website (visit the Fundraise section) and share your fundraiser on social media to encourage others to donate. We also are often looking for volunteers to visit stores with us so if you’d like to get involved, please contact us to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Become a Layaway Angel Today

All you have to do is click DONATE and contribute any amount that will go directly towards helping to pay off holiday gifts purchased on layaway.

If you are unable to donate this year, sharing this page on your Facebook, Twitter, Email, or any other social sharing site can really go a long way in spreading the word.