A story we missed: This report on Money, picked up on multiple news outlets, on Carrie Jernigan, a Van Buren lawyer who bought the entire stock of a Payless ShoeSource in Alma after she went to the soon-to-be shuttered store to buy shoes on sale for her children. She will donate the shoes to area school children at a back-to-school event in August.
When Carrie Jernigan was doing some last-minute, pre-vacation shopping with her kids at a Payless ShoeSource near their home in Alma, Arkansa, she had no idea she would soon be taking home upwards of 1,500 pairs of shoes.
“What have I done?” the 37-year-old lawyer and mother of three says she initially thought to herself.
But this was possible because in February, Payless ShoeSource announced it would be shutting down all of its stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. … Jernigan was taking advantage of the sweeping sales one day this past May when her 9-year-old daughter asked if they could buy Avengers tennis shoes for a classmate that needed a new pair. Inspired by her daughter’s act of kindness, Jernigan, jokingly, asked the clerk how much it would cost to buy the entire store. Hours later, she had purchased nearly 350 pairs of shoes with the intention of donating them all.
When Jernigan returned to pick up the shoes, another shipment had arrived. She bought those, too: nearly $21,000 worth of merchandise, nearly 1,100 pairs of children’s shoes and adult shoes as well. She will donate the adult the adult shoes to persons in need.