Employees pay for kids’ winter shoes after mom couldn’t afford them

(Courtesy: Facebook / Katy Sypher-Piper)

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WCMH) — A mother who couldn’t afford to buy the winter boots her young daughter picked out is now thanking employees at Payless ShoeSource for stepping up to help her out.

Katy Sypher-Piper posted on Facebook that she only had $30 to spend on boots for her 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Ava and 10-month-old son Andrew. That tight budget is in part to medical bills for young Ava.

“Ava just had a new set of ear tubes put in, and first week in February she is going under anesthesia again to have silver caps put on her teeth and cavities taken care of, she has an abscess behind one of those molars. Ava has no enamel on her teeth so we have to protect them,” Sypher-Piper explained on Facebook.

When they went into the store, Sypher-Piper explained her budget to store employees so they could help her find shoes for both kids. But then Ava spotted boxes with pictures of Elsa and Ana from Disney’s Frozen, her favorite movie. A single pair of boots was $44 alone.

Sypher-Piper said she became tearful, knowing they couldn’t afford the boots. But the employees at the store then took them up to the counter.

“I was confused and starting to become embarrassed when they went out to pick out socks for boots, knowing I was already over the money I had,” she wrote. “These wonder amazing employees of yours told me they were paying for kids boots and sock, that I had enough to worry about, and to use money for the kids and food.”

The employees kindness didn’t stop there, making sure the kids had all they needed before they left, including socks and stickers.

“(They) helped kids get on and lace up Ava’s boots, and she picked out Andy’s and mentioned they’d help stabilize his ankles for walking and last rest of winter, and they gave Cars, Frozen, AND Star Wars stickers,” Sypher-Piper explained. “This act of kindness is so amazing and uplifting to me. I am so grateful and wanted to say a big thank you and hope you have some sort of employee recognition program.”

The mother has set up a public Facebook page for those who want to know more about her daughter.


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