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CHE and ‘Socktober’ Make a Great Pair
Thursday, November 14, 2019 -
Did you know that one of the most requested items at any local homeless shelter is socks? Unlike most donated items, socks are typically in short supply because most people wear socks until they are threadbare.
For the third year in row, the Chestnut Hill Elementary Student Council has decided to help fill that gap for a local organization by holding a school-wide a sock drive. The students were inspired by “Socktober,” an event established through the efforts of Kid President creator Brad Montague and inspirational media & production company SoulPancake to prove that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of area homeless.
To get the word out, CHE Student Council members created posters and visited classrooms to introduce the drive. Council members also wrote and performed a puppet show about their efforts.
Throughout the month of October families and teachers dropped off pairs of socks in the school’s main hallway, where a giant sock kept track of the total number collected. Solemate Socks, an eco-friendly American company that crafts mismatched socks, also donated a bin of socks to the school’s drive.
When all was said and done, the CHE community collected 1,008 pairs of socks. The CHE Student Council plans to deliver the collected socks when it participates in one of local non-profit We Rise Above the Streets’ upcoming Sandwich Saturdays. We Rise Above the Streets provides clothing, food, education, encouragement and support for the homeless in Syracuse.