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From KWTX-TV: Fort Hood: PX and non-profit pay off layaway balances for 15 Army families

Exchange shopper Martha Alaniz and granddaughter Jolina Tynes pick up winter clothes for Alaniz's three grandchildren Oct. 14 at the Fort Hood Exchange. Alaniz was one of 52 lucky shoppers notified this week that their Exchange layaway balances were paid in full by the nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway. Also pictured, Fort Hood Main Store Manager Teresa Palu.

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) – As a special surprise, the Army and Air Force Exchange partnered with the non-profit “Pay Away the Layaway,” to pay off 15 families layaway balances on their Christmas gifts.

The 15 local families are part of 52 nationwide to receive the gift.

Staff Sergeant Robert Carrasco, who will be deployed this Christmas, says he wasn’t sure if his family would have been able to afford their gifts this year.

“We just recently moved back to Texas at the end of July,” he said.

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