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Local grad turned NFL pro helps Pay Away the Layaway

Her Christmas presents were paid for thanks to the help of Pay Away the Layaway. (WTOV)

Pansy Saunders had no idea what was about to happen Saturday afternoon.

Her Christmas presents were paid for thanks to the help of Pay Away the Layaway.

And the one behind the presents, a man you might recognize from playing football on Sundays.

Linsly High School graduate and now cornerback of the Atlanta Falcons CJ Goodwin.

"I'm on a bye week this week and I was called by Pay Away the Layaway to see if I wanted to pay some layaway away so I jumped at the opportunity," Goodwin said.

And a twist, the two know each other.

But Goodwin had no idea he was about to help a friend.

“She's a family friend, I grew up under her and it's amazing that this is happening to her she's very deserving very deserving," Goodwin said.

It was an emotional moment Saunders will never forget.


“I'm just so happy,” Saunders said. “I appreciate you so much. I was trying to figure out how I was going to do all this for them because I'm going through so much with the kids and I'm just blessed that he chose my kids."

Goodwin encourages those who can to donate this holiday season to do so.

If you want to help with the Pay Away the Layaway program just click here.

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