A mother from Arkansas captured national headlines after she bought all of the shoes from a closing Payless store to donate to those less fortunate.

Carrie Jernigan, who is from Alma, told KFSM in an interview that she got the idea to buy all 1,500 pairs of shoes from the local store recently after her 4th-grade daughter asked her if she could buy a pair of shoes for her friend.


"She has the biggest heart, and she said 'There is a boy in my class that loves Avengers, and his shoes are too small, could you buy him these?,' and I was like 'of course,'" Jernigan said in the interview.

As she was checking out, Jernigan recalled jokingly asking the store clerk, “How much for the rest of the shoes in the store?”

And that’s when Jernigan said she saw the clerk’s “wheels start to turn.”

“She finished checking me out. She said 'can I have your number?’” Jernigan said.

After leaving the store, Jernigan said she received a call from the store’s district manager telling her she can purchase the store’s remaining pairs of shoes in bulk.

"The next thing you know we are trying to figure out how to get almost 1,500 shoes home with us that day," Jernigan said.

Since her story has gone viral, Jernigan said she has a number of people reaching out her to donate even more shoes.

Next month, Jernigan said she plans to hold a local event to donate shoes to those in need before classes start back up. 

"I always tell my kids, if you ask them what they want to be when they grow up they say be kind, and so I don't care what they do in life as long as they are kind and good people," Jernigan told the local station.

"And so it just reiterates to me that their hearts are in the right place and if it's in the right place they can do amazing things," she added.