Reflection: A Payless Donation

When a Payless shoe store in Hays, Kansas, was going out of business in early 2019, one woman was inspired to buy out nearly 200 pairs of shoes – not for herself, but for flood victims in Nebraska.

Fort Hays State University graduate Addy Tritt heard that her alma mater was taking part in the Nebraska flood relief effort, so she decided to help.  “I have been so blessed,” she told the Hays Post.  “So many people have helped me when I was down.  I want to help if I can.”

When she heard that her local Payless was going out of business, Tritt walked in to buy out the remaining shoes in the store.  After some negotiation, she bought 204 pairs of shoes for $100 out of her own pockets.  The retail value was $6,000.

Tritt hopes that her donation inspires others to volunteer and help however they can.  “I think everything is a part of God’s plan,” She said. “If you can do something for someone else, you need to find a way, even if it is a pair of shoes.”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood. (Psalm 29:10)

Merciful God, help me be a lifeline to others. 

Taken from Three Minutes a Day (volume 54) by The Christophers