New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas Surprises Military Families in Louisiana

Belle Chasse, LA – New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas surprised military families at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans on December 8, 2022.

21 families had their layaway balances paid in full, and they were overjoyed at the generosity and opportunity to meet the NFL star who talked with and took pictures with all the families.

“This is really, truly what it’s all about… how many people I can impact and I can help.” Thomas said as he announced to the families that their layaway balances had been paid off in time for the holidays.

Pay Away’s mission is to spread joy and kindness to families. For 10 years, the organization has surprised unsuspecting families by paying off their layaway balances across the country.

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— WGNO-TV (ABC) New Orleans (@WGNOtv) December 9, 2022