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Arkansas mom buys all shoes in closing Payless store to donate to kids in need

An Arkansas mom purchased the entire footwear from a closing Payless ShoeSource retailer to provide to kids in want earlier than the varsity yr begins.

Carrie Jernigan, a mom of three, informed Fox Information she purchased almost 1,500 pairs of footwear. She didn’t disclose how a lot she paid however informed Fox Information her receipts indicated she saved about $21,000, though she paid simply a fraction of that quantity.

Carrie Jernigan, a mother of three, told Fox News she bought nearly 1,500 pairs of shoes to give to children in need before the school year begins.

Carrie Jernigan, a mom of three, informed Fox Information she purchased almost 1,500 pairs of footwear to provide to kids in want earlier than the varsity yr begins.
(Carrie Jernigan)

“I’m in the schools a lot and where I live we have a very high poverty rate,” Jernigan, the president of the Alma Faculty Board, informed Fox Information. Alma is between Fayetteville and Fort Smith.

“My immediate thought was, this could put so many shoes on kids that would not have new shoes to start back to school,” she added.

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The buyout happened in May after Jernigan’s oldest daughter requested to purchase a pair of Avenger footwear for her classmate throughout a purchasing journey that was initially supposed to purchase footwear for Jernigan’s kids, she mentioned.

Jernigan mentioned as she was trying out, “I jokingly said to the clerk, ‘How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes in here?’ Next thing I know a regional manager is on the phone asking me if I seriously want the whole store,” she wrote on her Fb web page final Monday.

“I was thinking, ‘what have I done?'”

She added that her husband was “going to kill” her for making the large buy.

“We ended up making a deal for the shoes left which was approximately 400 pairs of shoes,” she wrote.

Jernigan mentioned the following day she went again to the shop to place all of the footwear in packing containers and whereas she was there, retailer workers had discovered {that a} new supply had come in with a whole bunch of extra footwear.

Carrie Jernigan said as she was checking out, "I jokingly said to the clerk, 'How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes in here?' Next thing I know a regional manager is on the phone asking me if I seriously want the whole store," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Carrie Jernigan mentioned as she was trying out, “I jokingly said to the clerk, ‘How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes in here?’ Next thing I know a regional manager is on the phone asking me if I seriously want the whole store,” she wrote on her Fb web page.
(Carrie Jernigan)

She wrote that her kids “immediately” mentioned they may not go away these footwear behind.

“I said, ‘we will open a few boxes, if it’s kids shoes we will try and get it.’ We begin to open the boxes in the back of the store and in the loading dock – box after box are kid shoes,” Jernigan wrote on Fb.

“Champions, JoJos and every different type of princess and light up shoes you can think of.”

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She went on to put in writing, “12 hours, 95 big boxes, a huge trailer and approximately 1500 pairs of shoes later these 3 excited kids got to buy out the store.”

Jernigan wrote that they’d deliberate to provide the footwear away earlier than college began.

She added that the “response has been amazing” saying native companies, church buildings and residents needed to carry a Again to Faculty occasion the place a whole bunch of footwear and different donated objects, together with backpacks and faculty provides, would be handed out to assist college students and households within the River Valley, which is within the western a part of Arkansas. The occasion is scheduled for August 10.

Carrie Jernigan said because of generous donations that totaled more than $1000, she was able to buy another 250 pairs of shoes and socks to give away at a Back to School event next month. Jernigan told Fox News people have donated an additional $3,000 to cover the cost of more shoes for the event.

Carrie Jernigan mentioned due to beneficiant donations that totaled greater than $1000, she was in a position to purchase one other 250 pairs of footwear and socks to provide away at a Again to Faculty occasion subsequent month. Jernigan informed Fox Information folks have donated a further $3,000 to cowl the fee of extra footwear for the occasion.
(Carrie Jernigan)

In one other Fb submit on Saturday, Jernigan wrote, “I have received probably 200 messages from just local moms and dads telling me they are coming to get shoes and will get there as early as they can to [sic] make sure they get a pair.”

She added, “So many in our community are desperate for new shoes to send their little ones back to school in. If you could see the messages it would break your heart.”

Jernigan mentioned {that a} man who needed to stay nameless handed her $1,000 and informed her to “just spend it on those kids!”

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She mentioned that due to that beneficiant donation and others, she was in a position to purchase one other 250 pairs of footwear and socks to provide away on the occasion subsequent month. Jernigan informed Fox Information folks have donated a further $3,000 to cowl the fee of extra footwear for the Again to Faculty occasion.

“Be praying for this event to reach so many in need in our area,” Jernigan concluded.

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