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Arkansas Mom Buys Payless Store to Donate Shoes to Community
Shoe shopping for three kids can feel like you’re buying the entire store. However, Carrie Jernigan did just that… literally.
When shopping at a local Payless, Jernigan says her daughter sparked the idea when she brought her an “Avengers” themed pair of shoes. However, her daughter didn’t want them for herself, but rather one of her classmates.
“She has the biggest heart, and she said. ‘There is a boy in my class that loves Avengers and his shoes are too small, could you buy him these?’ And I was like ‘of course,’” Jernigan told CBS.
Inspired by her daughter, this caused Jernigan to get an idea. The Payless store that she was shopping at happened to be closing, so she asked how much it would cost to buy out the entire store.
“I could see the clerk’s face, her wheels start to turn. And she finished checking me out and said, ‘can I have your number?’ Jernigan stated.
Later she would receive a call from the district manager giving her the green light to buy the store. However, as Jernigan thought she would be taking home a couple of hundred shoes max, the store had just received another shipment. Soon Jernigan would be figuring out how to fit almost 1,500 pairs of shoes in her house.
Jernigan intends on giving the shoes to kids in need, which she plans to do on August 10th at the Alma Middle School Gym in Arkansas.
In the meantime, her home is filled with shoes, but she says she doesn’t mind as long as she’s showing her kids how to be kind.
"If you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, they say be kind. And so, I don't care what they do in life as long as they are kind and good people," Jernigan said. "It just reiterates to me that their hearts are in the right place. And if it's in the right place, they can do amazing things."
Photo: Carrie Jernigan, Facebook