“Acts of kind­ness cre­ate a rip­ple ef­fect of pure joy!”

When Car­rie Jerni­gan’s 9-year-old daugh­ter asked if they could buy a pair of sneak­ers for her friend in need, the mom of three fol­lowed her heart and bought shoes for the boy—and hundreds of other kids too!

Woman's World - - YOU DESERVE GOOD THINGS! - —Bill Holton

Car­rie Jerni­gan was tak­ing ad­van­tage of her Alma, Arkansas, Pay­less Shoesource’s “go­ing out of busi­ness” sale when her 9-year-old daugh­ter, Harper, asked if they could buy a pair of sneak­ers for a boy in her class too. “His are fall­ing apart,” she ex­plained. “I don’t think his folks can af­ford new ones.”

Car­rie’s heart squeezed—for the boy and her daugh­ter’s com­pas­sion. “Of course,” she smiled. Only prob­lem was, she didn’t know his size. “Hmm. Maybe I should just buy all the shoes in the store,” Car­rie quipped.

She was just jok­ing. But, sud­denly, the 37-year-old mom of three felt a pow­er­ful stir­ring in her heart. She was blessed. She and her hus­band had good jobs and could pro­vide for their children. But she knew many fam­i­lies in town were strug­gling. And she was al­ways stress­ing the im­por­tance of be­ing kind and open­hearted to her kids.

What if I did buy all the shoes and do­nated them to peo­ple in need? Car­rie pon­dered.

Stunned and touched by the idea, the Pay­less district man­ager worked out a deal. And soon, Car­rie’s den was crammed with 1,500 boxes of shoes.

Af­ter sep­a­rat­ing out adult shoes, which she do­nated through her job and church, Car­rie posted her plan to hold a give­away for all of the kids shoes on Face­book.

Right away, the Alma Mid­dle School prin­ci­pal sug­gested she hold the give­away there. And dozens of other peo­ple vol­un­teered to help out. Amazed, she also re­ceived of­fers to donate socks, back­packs, school sup­plies and cash to buy even more footwear for the kids.

By the day of the event, all the mer­chan­dise filled two gyms and the school cafe­te­ria!

Ex­cited cries echoed as more than 2,000 kids slipped on lightup sneak­ers and glit­ter ballerina flats, while par­ents filled back­packs with ev­ery­thing their children needed. Even area den­tists, doc­tors and hair­styl­ists were on hand, of­fer­ing free ser­vices.

“You can’t imag­ine what a dif­fer­ence this makes,” par­ent af­ter par­ent said, of­fer­ing Car­rie a grate­ful hug and thank you.

“It feels so good to have helped so many peo­ple,” Car­rie says. ”But if it in­spires oth­ers to do one lit­tle thing for some­one else…that’s what will re­ally mat­ter. Be­cause just one lit­tle kind­ness can make a big dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life.”

got More than 2,000 kids free shoes and sup­plies Kids picked out shoes in fa­vorite col­ors and styles

“It feels great to have helped so many,” says Car­rie (left) with daugh­ter Harper (right)

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