A mother in Arkansas bought all the shoes from a closing Payless ShoeSource store to give children in need before the school year begins.
Carrie Jernigan, a mother of three, told Fox News that she bought almost 1500 pairs of shoes. She did not tell how much she paid, but told Fox News that the receipts indicated she was saving about $ 21,000 even though she only paid a fraction of that figure.
"I am a lot at school and where I live we have a very high poverty rate," said the president of the Alma School Board, Fox News. Alma is between Fayetteville and Fort Smith.
"My immediate thought was that this could put so many shoes on children who didn't want new shoes to start school," she added.
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The acquisition took place in May after Jernigan's oldest daughter asked to buy a pair of Avenger classmates shoes during a shopping originally intended to buy shoes for Jernigan's child, she said.  Jernigan said while she was checking out, "I jokingly told the clerk:" How much will it cost to buy the rest of the shoes in here? & # 39; The next thing I know a regional leader is on the phone asking me if I seriously want the whole store, "she wrote on her Facebook page last Monday.
" I thought, "what have I done?" "
She added that her husband should" kill "her to Make the big bargain.
"We ended up making a deal for the shoes that were about 400 pairs of shoes," she wrote.
Jernigan said the day after she went back to the store to put all the shoes in boxes and while she was there, shopkeepers had found that a new delivery had come in with hundreds of more shoes.
She wrote that her children "immediately" said they could not leave these shoes.
"I said," we will open some boxes, if there are children's shoes we will try and understand. & # 39; We start to open the boxes in the back of the store and in the loading port – box after box is children's shoes, "wrote Jernigan on Facebook.
" Champions, JoJos and any other kind of princess and light up shoes you can think of. "
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She wrote on, "12 hours, 95 big boxes, a huge trailer and about 1500 pairs of shoes later got these 3 tense kids buy out the store."
Jernigan wrote that they had planned to give the shoes off before school start.
She added that "the answer has been wonderful" and said that local businesses, churches and residents wanted to hold a Back to School event where hundreds of Shoes and other donated items, including backpacks and school supplies, would be awarded to help students and families in the River Valley, located in the western part of Arkansas, scheduled for August 10.
In another Facebook posts on Saturday, Jern wrote ian: "I have probably received 200 messages from only local mothers and dads telling me they are going to get shoes and want to get there as early as they can to [sic] make sure they get a couple. "
She added," So many in our community are desperate for new shoes to send their little ones back to school. If you could see the messages, it would ruin the heart. "
Jernigan said a man who wanted to be anonymous gave her $ 1000 and asked her" just use it on these kids! "
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" Pray that this event will reach as many people in need in our area, "concluded Jernigan.