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Why this lawyer bought nearly $21,000 worth of shoes at Payless

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An Arkansas lawyer taking advantage of a sale at Payless ShoeSource as it liquidated merchandise in bankruptcy bought more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, costing about $21,000.

Lawyer Carrie Jernigan said she was inspired to make the purchase after her 9-year-old daughter asked about buying a pair of Avenger shoes for a friend whose shoes were too small. About 1,100 pairs of shoes will be donated to children and local schools, while the remainder will go to adults in need. Money, KFSM and KNWA have coverage.

Jernigan made the purchase as part of a deal to buy out the store.

Jernigan, the president of the school board in her home town of Alma, has now started a Kickstarter campaign to provide school supplies to families. A community church and local businesses already have gotten involved.

“It’s just becoming a huge community effort,” she told Money.

Jernigan hopes to raise awareness about the high cost of school supplies and to inspire others to give.

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