The Store Thinks He’s Just Stocking Shelves. Weeks Later They Catch On.

In the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season, it can be easy to forget that some people struggle to afford the basic school supplies and necessities. Some families are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t give their kids all the new supplies they need for the school year.

Many stores offer low-priced or discounted supplies, including Walmart. They’ve joined with other organizations to get supplies donated for kids who can’t afford all the necessary tools to start off their school year.

But the story gets brighter. One employee at a Bryant, Arkansas surprised even his employer.

Young Kristopher Hudson, an 18-year-old employee at the Walmart had been putting aside part of each of his paychecks to buy tons of school supplies to donate! On one week he even bought over 300 school supply items and donated them to United Way.



Kristopher took the job during the summer to save up money for college. We all know that saving up for college is quite a challenge, but the young man is planning to attend Pulaski Tech in North Little Rock, but Kristopher obviously believed there is always a way to help others.

His mother taught him to encourage others, and clearly he is following her wise words. He has been an inspiration to others and encouraged them to donate school supplies as well.

In his words, “The best feeling that you’ll ever have is when you get to help someone out. I want to get the world to be a little happier. I want to make people smile.”



Kristopher explains that the reward for giving is “To get the world to be a little happier. I want to make people smile.”

At the end of the summer, the charitable young man had donated 1,062 school supplies to the Back to School Blitz, sponsored by Heart of Arkansas United Way and KTHV. This unmatched generosity inspired so many other people in the community to give to the cause, the Back to School Blitz received a record breaking 12,660 items total!


For the past two years, Kristopher Hudson saved part of his weekly paycheck from Walmart Bryant to purchase school…

Posted by Bryant Public Schools on Thursday, August 18, 2016


Kristopher Hudson’s story is proof that a little cash can go a long way, but also proof that a little caring and compassion can go a long way, too.



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