Woman buys 204 pairs of shoes from closing Payless store and donates them to Nebraska flood victims

A Kansas woman left a Payless ShoeSource with the deal of the century, but none of the items were going into her closet.

Addy Tritt, a recent master’s program graduate at Fort Hays State University, bought 204 pairs of shoes from the closing outlet for just $100 thanks to her savvy negotiating skills. While shoes were marked down to $1 a pair, she talked Payless employees into lowering the price even lower. The retail value of her haul, totaling 162 pairs of baby shoes, two pairs of men’s shoes and 40 pairs of women’s shoes, was $6,000, according to The Hays Post.

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Instead of shopping for herself, the 25-year-old took advantage of the liquidation sale to provide donations to victims of the devastating flooding in Nebraska. Her alma mater’s agriculture sorority, Sigma Alpha, delivered the shoes, along with other donations from the community, to farmers and their families in Nebraska who were affected by the floods.

“I always have donated and volunteered. I think that’s part of what it means to be human. I’m religious. I’m a Catholic, and I think that’s God’s plan for me,” Tritt told the New York Post.

Tritt typically keeps her donations to causes such as animal shelters and food drives anonymous. Her goodwill was only exposed this time because she posted on a community Facebook page asking how she could best get the supplies to victims.

The act of generosity wasn’t for recognition. “I just want their kids to have nice clean, dry shoes on their feet,” she told the paper. “Nothing makes me happier than doing this.”

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