The actions of a kind-hearted mother of three are praised online after she has bought the inventory of an entire shoe store to give to children in need.
Carrie Jernigan, 37, was shopping at the Payless ShoeSource of her local mall with her daughters Harper [nine] and Campbell [six] and her son Amos [four] for an upcoming vacation.
The Alma, from Arkansas, said her oldest daughter Harper, nine, brought her a pair of Avengers-themed tennis shoes and asked if she could get them for a boy in her class who loves the film and whose own shoes were too tight .
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Supermarket sweeps: Carrie, in the photo, and her daughters Harper, in yellow, and Campbell create 1500 pairs of discounted shoes that they will donate to their community
Boxes: The family ended with 95 crates of shoe boxes after nine-year-old Harper had asked in the photo to buy a pair for her classmate
After they made a joke that they might have to buy the entire store to make sure they were the right size for the child, it soon became a fact.
& # 39; I said joke to the clerk: & # 39; How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes here? & # 39; Carrie said Facebook.
The sales assistant took her question seriously and asked about Carrie's number. Later that day, the lawyer received a call from the districtless manager of Payless.
Because the retail trade was already bankrupt due to bankruptcy, Carrie was able to buy the entire store.
Hours later she had bought 350 pairs of shoes with the intention of giving them all to her children's school.
She joked Good morning America that her first thought was: & # 39; What did I do? & # 39;
It didn't stop there either. Shortly thereafter, another shipment arrived in the store, so Carrie also bought it. Before she knew it, she had bought more than 1,100 pairs of baby and children's shoes and more than 350 pairs for adults; Princess styles and illuminated stairs included.
Carrie refused to say how much the total inventory cost, and confirmed that the 95 giant boxes with different shoe styles were worth about $ 21,000 in total, but she packed them for a reduced price.
Community: Alma, Carrie, Arkansas, said her first gesture to donate the shoes has become something bigger for the entire community
Inventory: The family brought the entire stock home, which resulted in more than 1500 pairs of shoes
Organizing: Carrie and her children filled their house with boxes of shoes – the mother revealing that the trek was originally worth $ 21,000 before discounts
Carrie is the president of the local school council and knows firsthand how difficult it can be for some families to pay the typical school costs.
Each pair of shoes is donated to those who need it; not only at Carrie & # 39; s kindergarten but also in other communities in Arkansas.
Carrie, her husband Shawn and their family are planning a big party before the school starts, and ensure that every child has a new pair of shoes before the term starts.
& # 39; In the big picture of things in this country, this is a beep, & # 39; said Carrie NBC News. & # 39; But if it continues to grow and … it makes you do a little thing for that student who is about to go back to school, then it is important for that one child. & # 39;
Inspired by her gesture, the local community church and companies in Alma also come on board. A GoFundMe is designed to continue generosity, and people gather together to donate more than just shoes.
A man she didn't know even came to her on the street and gave her $ 1,000 in cash.
& # 39; He said: & # 39; I just want you to spend this on those kids. & # 39; I said & # 39; Ready & # 39 ;, said Carrie Arkansas Online.
Giving: The shoes will be given to poor children in Arkansas before the start of the new school year
Organizing: The Jernigan family home has been taken over by the shoes they are planning to donate during a trip to school in August
Range: everything from Princess shoes to glowing sneakers belongs to the selection
Interview: The lawyer and her daughter Harper, in the photo, were interviewed by news stores throughout America after their nice headlines made headlines
# It has turned into this huge school back to school bash for our community.
"We have donated 700 backpacks, we have thousands, every school supplies you might need, we have a lot of hairdressers going to do hairstyles," Carrie said proudly.
& # 39; We're going to have food, bounce houses, face painting. And it's getting bigger, & # 39; she added.
Eye exams will also be available, as well as toothbrushes, toothpaste and books.
Lawyer: Carrie is a renowned legal professional in the city of Van Buren, Arkansas
The event is currently scheduled from 10 am to 6 pm on August 10 at the Alma Middle School.
Write an update on Facebook, Carrie said the reaction was overwhelming.
& # 39; I have probably received 200 messages from only local mothers and fathers who told me they are coming to get shoes and go there as early as possible to make sure they get a pair. & # 39;
& # 39; So many in our community are desperately looking for new shoes to send their little ones back to school. If you could see the messages, your heart would break. I do not want a child to come to this event and we must tell them that we no longer have shoes. That thought has consumed me the last few days. & # 39;
To prevent this, she urged parents to check their child's cupboards to see if there were unworn shoes that could also be donated before the ride.
She even added that people across the country could order shoes online and send them by mail. Monetary donations are also accepted, with 100 percent of all proceeds invested in the ride.
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