Payless shoe stores closing is bad news for Mission Amarillo.
For years, Payless has worked with Mission Amarillo’s shoe closet to provide athletic shoes in bulk at a low cost.
“When I heard they were going out of business that became kind of a point of concern for us,” said Mission Amarillo Executive Director, Jeff Parsons.
Payless is not just a store Parsons shopped at. It was a long-standing partner of the local non-profit that went out of its way to keep the shelves in the shoe closet full.
“We would always go in during buy one get one, what they call BOGO, and that would be a 25 percent discount. Sometimes they would give us a discount on top of that. They would allow us to come in early because we would buy a huge quantity, anywhere from 50 to 120 pairs of shoes,” Parsons said.
Payless was also the cheapest source of children’s shoe sizes Project Amarillo always needs, but now it has to pivot and find a new source. That is why it is asking supporters to take advantage of the Payless liquidation sales and use the opportunity to make donations.
“If the community can help us out a little bit and but some shoes for us, it gives us a little bit of time to develop a strategy. Maybe develop a relationship with another vendor in town. That takes a little bit of time to do it,” said Parsons.
Mission Amarillo asking for support so it can continue to serve the community, because you may not realize just how important their shoe closet is to area students.
“Our shoe closet covers Amarillo, Canyon, Bushland, River Road, and Highland Park. We deliver to all those school districts every month. We’ll go well above 1,000 pairs of shoes given away again this year. So that relationship of having a vendor we can go to and make some purchases when we have some low spots is really important to us right now,” Parsons said.
This school year alone, Mission Amarillo has given away more than 900 brand new pairs of shoes.
The sizes Mission Amarillo is asking for are:
- Children’s sizes: (Below a youth size 1):
- Boys: 9, 10,11, 12, 13
- Girls: 7, 9, 10, 11
- Youth sizes (1-6.5):
- Boys: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 5, 5.5
- Girls: 1, 1.5, 3, 3.5, 5.5, 6.5