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St. Charles students finish 'Socktober' with 900 pairs for charity

Submitted by Laura Barnett • Nov 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets.

In October 2011, Brad Montague, creator of Socktober, realized there was a large homeless population in his hometown, and he wanted to do something about it. While researching the needs of the homeless community, he learned that socks are the items least donated to homeless shelters; so, Brad took action. He began to film himself wishing people, “Happy Socktober!” as he gave out pairs of socks on the streets.

Since then, Socktober has exploded! Kids and adults around the world have started their own sock drives to benefit their local homeless shelters. Last year, participants on all seven continents donated pairs of socks to benefit the homeless in their communities as a result of word spreading about Socktober!

This year, during the month of October, St. Charles Elementary School’s Student Government Association hosted its own Socktober sock drive at the school. For the entire month, students, teachers and staff brought in socks to donate. The student body, comprised of fewer than 150 students, collected a total of 900 socks! These generous donations will warm 1,800 feet this winter.

All of the socks will be donated to a homeless shelter located in Knoxville, Tennessee.