Zappos Helps Chico State Student, Camp Fire Survivor

Staff at Chico State and a popular online shoe company, joined forces to help a survivor of the Camp Fire.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 1:27 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Staff at Chico State and a popular online shoe company, joined forces to help a survivor of the Camp Fire.

Graduating Senior Aaron Byers lost everything in the fire except the clothes on his back.

With a size 16 foot, it's hard for Byers to find a pair of shoes that fit. To make the situation even more of a challenge, Byers had a big job interview lined up.

"I talked to one of my professors and I was like, 'Do I email the company saying beforehand saying hey I'm going to wear some Vans because I don't have any shoes, because all my stuff burnt down,'" Byers said. "But I didn't want to seem desperate and I don't want to put that pressure on a new employer."

Professor Colleen Robb posted a request on Chico State's Facebook Page Rise Wildcats.

It caught the attention of students and the online retailer company, Zappos. 

After hearing his story, the company stepped up and donated three pairs of black leather shoes to Byers. 

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