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Holiday layaway balances paid at Niles Kmart for 15 families

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A Warren woman was moved to tears after getting a phone call informing her that the balance had been paid on her holiday gift layaway at the Kmart Super Center in Niles.

Darranetta Reid took the surprise call on Friday from former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson on behalf of the non-profit organization, Pay Away the Layaway.

Johnson, who at one time was known as "Ochocinco", told Reid she could go down to the Kmart store to pick up her layaway merchandise because the balance had been paid off.

As she tearfully thanked Johnson, Reid said, “You guys are going to make me cry.”

Johnson, who has also appeared on Dancing With the Stars, told Reid not to cry because he didn't have any tissues.

In total, www.payawaythelayaway.org helped 15 families pay off more than $2,000 worth of layaway balances at the Kmart, which is part of the Eastwood Mall Complex.

In addition to Chad Johnson, the good news was spread by other athletes and celebrities including boxer Andre Ward, the NBA's Andre Drummond, author Kendra Wilkinson, singer and actress Naturi Naughton, football standout Ndamukong Suh, and baseball player Dexter Fowler.

Pay Away the Layaway (www.payawaythelayaway.org) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises money online and uses those funds to pay off layaway balances with gifts for kids across the country.  

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