OKLAHOMA CITY – Here is an update on a story we first reported to you in May. You may remember Westmoore and Southmoore High School students were heartbroken when they paid for their letterman jackets and never got them.
Now, those jackets are in the students’ hands.
Joi Tipton has been waiting to give the students their jackets since she took over Monograms and More in May.
Nearly two dozen students paid for letter jackets months earlier, but the previous owner never ordered them.
“I just wanted to cry,” said Tipton.
Timing couldn’t have been worse for Tipton.
A week later, the deadly Moore tornado tore through her family’s home.
“It was gone. Everything was gone,” Tipton said
The new business owner still wanted the students to have their jackets.
She tried to get the old owner, Charles Goar, to pay.
“I didn’t assume his debt,” Tipton said. “I didn’t have to do this but it’s not about me and it’s not about him, it’s about these kids.”
Goar said that he would give the kids their money back; that never happened.
“It’s just really irritating,” student Hannah Noble said. “It just made me realize how selfish people are.”
Now, students like Noble can wear the jacket they worked so hard to earn.
Tipton paid for their jackets; $3,000 out of her budget.
“She’s been through a lot,” parent Carla Noble said. “I know that’s hard and I’m just thankful she made good on that. That shows what kind of character she has.”
“I’m proud to say we did what we said we were going to do,” Tipton said.