Man Buys Entire Contents of Kmart Store, Donates it All

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 1st Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1fiyqihu/
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A Kentucky man's generosity and charitable spirit is enough to restore even the most jaded observer's faith in humanity

Meet Rankin Paynter

Rankin Paynter owns a jewelry exchange business in Winchester, Kentucky, where he is used to seeing needy folks come in to sell off their possessions in order to make ends meet.

While shopping at a Kmart store that had announced it was closing its doors for good, Paynter was struck on the spot with an idea. He said he realized "It's time to give back," and he decided then and there to buy the entire contents of the store and give it all to charity.

Making the rounds of four cash registers, he rang up a sale of $200,000 worth of office supplies, pharmacy items, clothing, shoes and other items and donated it to Clark County Community Services.

Paynter said "What I see is people coming in my store - needy people sell their stuff. It's bad nowadays. I just told the clerk let's just give it away to charity."

Clark County Community Services says that now, for the first time, it will have enough clothing to supply every needy kid with winter coats, gloves and hats.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Good guy, too bad Kmart did not just do this themselves.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for this uplifting share, Steve. The faith in humanity is always under attack due to the heartless deeds of the few but they get shamed by people like Rankin Paynter. The rich due to their greed lose empathy for the poor and they do not realize it - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Yes indeed Siva. Thank you.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
1st Aug 2014 (#)

What a wonderful tale Steve. I'm glad you found the man and the kind deed. God Bless.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Joyce.

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author avatar Retired
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Wow. Best piece I've read all week. Heartwarming and inspirational. Hope you're doing well, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Susan, and I am doing very well.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Very inspirational piece, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Jerry.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Nice info Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Good evening, Steve; you've come through again with another uplifting human interest story. Thank you for finding them and helping to restore some hope for humanity. Glad to see you are doing better. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn.

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author avatar Retired
1st Aug 2014 (#)

I too am at a stage where it is time for me to give back. I have an institute here with poor kids. I donate there, have parties etc. I have a Trust that reaches out to the needy. Every single person on earth must do it. I am following you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Good for you write2earn. Thank you.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
1st Aug 2014 (#)

It is a nice change to read about a good deed. I believe in the "pay it forward" attitude. We would all be the better for it.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Sherri.

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Amazing act of charity. I am sharing this on Twitter.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Cool. Thank you Ptrikha.

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author avatar Retired
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Nice story, Steve. Thanks for sharing. What god karma he has accrued.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Aug 2014 (#)

how wonderful is this indeed...

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Aug 2014 (#)

He looks like a lovely man , and he certainly has a heart of gold .
Bless you Steve with continued health
Stella ><

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Hope for the future...

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author avatar Margaret Michel
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

A great inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Rama devi.

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author avatar AnnH
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting post, thanks for sharing...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks for commenting Ann.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Cool story. I wonder, though, how many people with $200,000 shop at Kmart? In this polarized world we live in, it is hard to know whether a man committed an act of kindness or an opportunist found a way to make a name for himself. I hope it was a generous act that will inspire others, and in that I thank you for the share.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
11th Aug 2014 (#)

That was awesome what the gentleman did for the poor and donate all the stuff that he bought from a store that was closing.

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author avatar Maria Malone
12th Aug 2014 (#)

Inspiring story....good people are out there!!

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Heartwarming story. Could Mr. Paynter's kindness be an example for other wealthy people? Nah, he is one of a few who would do that without any prompting.

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