Arkansas mother buys all shoes in closing Payless Store to donate children in need
A mother from Arkansas bought all the shoes at a Payless ShoeSource store to give them to needy children before the beginning of the school year.
Carrie Jernigan, a mother of three, told Fox News that she had bought nearly 1,500 pairs of shoes. She did not disclose how much she was paying, but told Fox News that she claims to have saved around $ 21,000, even though she only paid a fraction of that sum to paid children's shoes before the beginning of the school year. “/>
Carrie Jernigan, mother of three, told Fox News that she had bought nearly 1,500 pairs of shoes to give to needy children before the beginning of the school year.
"I'm a lot in the schools and where I live, we have a very high poverty rate," said Jernigan, president of the Alma School Board, to Fox News. Alma lies between Fayetteville and Fort Smith.
"My immediate thought was that this could bring so many shoes for kids who would not have new shoes for early school," she added.
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The buyout took place in May, after Jernigan's eldest daughter went shopping after a shopping spree originally designed to buy shoes for Jernigan's children Avenger shoes had asked. 1
9659006] Jernigan said, as she checked out, "I jokingly said to the clerk:" How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes here? "The next one I know of being a regional manager asking me on the phone if I seriously want the whole store, "she wrote on her Facebook page last Monday.
"I thought, & # 39; what did I do? & # 39;
She added that her husband would "kill her" for making the big purchase.
"In the end, we made a deal for the shoes, that was about 400 pairs of shoes," she wrote.
Jernigan said the next day that she had gone back to the store to pack all the shoes in boxes, and when she was there, the clerks had learned that a new shipment of hundreds of other shoes had arrived.
Carrie Jernigan said at checkout, "I jokingly said to the clerk." How much would it cost the rest to buy the shoes here? & # 39; The next one I know of, a regional manager asks me on the phone if I seriously want the whole store, "she wrote on her Facebook page.
She wrote that her children said "immediately" they could not leave these shoes behind.
I said: & # 39; We will open a few boxes, if there are children's shoes, we will try and get dressed. & # 39; We open the boxes in the back of the store and in the loading dock – box by box are children's shoes, "wrote Jernigan on Facebook.
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She wrote further "12 hours, 95 large boxes, a huge trailer and about 1500 pairs of shoes later these three excited children had to buy the shop.
Jernigan wrote that they had planned to give their shoes away before school started.
She added that the "response was amazing" that local businesses, churches, and residents wanted to host a back to school event Hundreds of shoes and other donated items, including backpacks and school supplies, would be donated to help the students and families in the River Valley, located in the western part of the city n Arkansas is located. The event is scheduled for the 10th of August.
Carrie Jernigan said she could buy another 250 pairs of shoes and socks for a generous donation of more than US $ 1,000 Give something at a Back to School event next month. Jernigan told Fox News that people had donated an additional $ 3,000 to cover the cost of more shoes for the event.
In another Facebook post on Saturday, Jernigan wrote, "I've probably received 200 messages from just native mothers and fathers who told me they're coming to get shoes and so early as much as possible will be there to ensure [sic] they get a pair. "
She added," So many in our community are longing for new shoes to send their babies back to school
Jernigan said that a man who wanted to remain anonymous handed her $ 1,000 and told her to "spend it on these children only!"
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She said she could buy 250 pairs of shoes and socks to give away next month at the event because of this and other generous donations. Jernigan told Fox News that people would have donated $ 3,000 to cover the cost of more shoes for the Back to School event.
"Pray that this event will reach so many needy in our region," concluded Jernigan.