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Henderson International School collects thousands of socks

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 18:01:19-05

Socks are one of the least donated and most needed items for the homeless, displaced and disadvantaged.

The students at Henderson International School set a goal of collection 5,000 pairs of socks during the month of October to donate to those who need them.

By the third week of Socktober, they surpassed their goal. They collected a total of 7,626 pairs of socks by Oct. 31.

The collection, which brought in literally boxes, barrels and garbage bags full of new socks, was organized by the student council and the PTA. Students and volunteers held competitions between classes, offered prizes for large contributions, and even hosted a special Halloween movie night on campus. The price of admission – at least one pair of new socks. The student council posted the running tally weekly, and they were surprised by the results.
 
“The participation and enthusiasm was absolutely amazing,” Student Council Advisor Gabe Cadena said. “It showed our students’ commitment to student council and the great strength of our school’s community. Having success this early in the school year sent a surge of energy around campus. Now we can’t wait to see what we can do next,” he said.

The student council is now working on separating and "pinning" socks together for delivery to Project 150. Because socks are in such short supply, socks are handed out as individual pairs, not full packages.