Katy Sypher-Piper had limited funds when she went to buy winter shoes for her young children. But when her daughter wanted boots the mom couldn't afford, Payless ShoeSource employees stepped in and bought the shoes for the children with their own money.
The mom originally budgeted $30 to spend on boots for her 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter Ava and 10-month-old son Andrew. But the little girl immediately fell in love with a pair featuring characters from Disney's Frozen that were $44, above the budget for both pairs.
That's when employees at the store in Old Saybrook, Conn. stepped in to figure out a way to bring the price down and then offered to pay for the items themselves. The family had been struggling to pay for Ava's medical bills, who has an immunodeficiency disorder and asthma, and said she was touched by the employees' kind gesture.
"I have been pretty down lately and this act of kindness is so amazing and uplifting to me. I am so grateful," Sypher-Piper wrote.
The mom posted about the encounter to the Payless ShoeSource Facebook page on Jan. 21, where hundreds of commenters praised the employees for their good deed.
"That is a beautiful story and its so nice to hear that there are still some good people out there," commented one Facebook user.
"This made my heart happy today," commented another. "Bless you and your kids and those ladies who went out of their way to bless you today."