Kansas Woman Buys All Remaining Shoes At A Closing Payless Shoe Store For The Most Incredible Reason
Here's your feel-good story of the day.
A Kansas woman donated 204 pairs of shoes to Nebraska flood victims after buying the rest of the remaining stock at a closing Payless ShoeSource store.
Addy Tritt bought all the remaining shoes at a Hays, Kansas, store for $100 after negotiating with the business when it dropped prices to $1 a pair. According to The Hays Post, the retail value of all those shoes would have been more than $6,000.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Tritt said:
"My pile just kept growing bigger and bigger. I finally went up to the sales associate and was like, 'Hey, weird question. Can you get me a deal on all of these shoes?' She was like, 'Are you serious?'"
Fort Hays State University's agriculture sorority Sigma Alpha agreed to deliver the shoes to Nebraska farmers this past weekend as part of a their flood relief shipment, according to chapter president Emily Bennigsdorf:
"The Beta Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha at Fort Hays State University is truly honored to be able to help in this effort to assist Nebraska farmers in relief."
"These farmers and their families have been through so much we felt the urge to take action and help as much as we were able to. We were able to have Addy's shoes go in with all of the donations we received. We partnered with the Western Wranglers 4-H club in Rozel and Burdett KS."
"They were able to find a semi to take all of our donations up to Nebraska which was delivered Monday afternoon to the Wilcox-Hildreth FFA chapter who will distribute the items."
"I really feel I have been directed and guided to help people," Tritt told reporters.
"I think everything is a part of God's plan. If you can do something for someone else, you need to find a way even if it is a pair of shoes."
"It's incredible. I love donating and volunteering ― period ― and I'll do this until the day I die. There is nothing ― except for dogs ― that I get more joy out of than helping people."
It's a story that's already touched many hearts.
Last month, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said a "bomb cyclone" that swept across the Missouri River Basin and most of Nebraska's 93 counties had caused over $1 billion in damage.
"We have not had a disaster that has been this widespread in the state, I don't think, ever," Ricketts said while visiting Wood River.
"We've had disasters where we've had a greater loss of life. But as far as how many places have been touched by this, I don't think there's ever been a disaster this widespread in Nebraska."
There are a number of organizations currently taking donations and offering volunteer opportunities to assist victims of the flooding that has also affected parts of Missouri and Iowa.
Thanks, Addy. You're the best.
We should all aspire to be more like you.