August 28, 2019
Susan Cook and Patrick Riordan walked into a Payless store looking for one reasonably priced pair of shoes — and walked out with 247 pairs for families in need. The Payless chain declared bankruptcy earlier this year, and the Hamilton Township, N.J. store was slowly selling off its inventory at $2 a pair. “What if we buy everything here?” asked Riordan. They got the entire stock for $1 a pair, and the couple donated the haul to Womanspace, a charity that helps families affected by domestic violence.
Meanwhile, Carrie Jernigan had a similar experience at a Payless in Arkansas… and snapped up all 1,500 pairs in the store. According to this article on the NBC News website, churches and local businesses are now planning a big back-to-school event to give away the shoes, along with free haircuts, eye exams, and other things children might need as they gear up for the new school year.