ALMA, Arkansas (NBC)–Carrie Jernigan was at a Payless Shoes close-out sale when her daughter saw a pair she wanted to buy for a friend at school because she had noticed his were too small.
Not knowing what size her daughter’s friend wore, Jernigan jokingly asked how much it would be to buy the rest of the shoes in the store.
The store had just received a new shipment, so what Jernigan thought was going to be 200 to 300 pairs of shoes ended up being almost 15-hundred!
With the Jernigans planning to donate the shoes, word of the good deed spread, and the family has had so many people reach out wanting to donate that they’ve decided to throw a back to school bash the weekend before classes begin.
“That’s what it’s all about. In the grand scheme of things in this country, this is a tiny blip, but if it continues to grow and it just, it makes you do one little thing for that student fixin’ to go back to school then it matters to that one kid” Jernigan said.