Carrie Jernigan is a mother of three who bought all the shoes from a closing Payless store to donate them to children in need, according to Fox News. Without disclosing exactly how much she paid for the shoes, Jernigan did admit that her receipt from the sale stated that she saved over $21,000. “I’m in the schools a lot and where I live we have a very high poverty rate,” the mom of three young children stated.
“My immediate thought was, this could put so many shoes on kids that would not have new shoes to start back to school,” Jernigan continued. The idea to purchase the shoes for needy children came after her oldest daughter requested that she buy a pair of Avenger shoes for one of her classmates while they were out shopping for school supplies. Jernigan stated that she asked one of the clerks in the closing Payless store what the cost would be if she purchased the rest of the shoes. It was then that she received a call from the regional manager who wanted to see if she was serious. They struck a deal and she purchased every shoe for children in the store.