Socktober-Making a Difference one pair of socks at a time
There are over 600,000 people that sleep on the streets every night; Socktober is a way for individuals to help them. October is almost over but its not too late to help those in need. In schools and communities everywhere people are participating in Socktober by donating as many pairs of sock that they can to homeless shelters to help keep those individuals on the street warm during the winter. Socks can be donated to sock drives and local homeless shelters, and one by one everyone can help to make a difference.
Socktober was created by Brad Montague in October 2011. Brad is the director of Kid President, a you-tube channel starring his younger brother-in-law, Robby. When Brad found out about the statistics of homeless people he started to do research. As he was researching he found that the least item donated to homeless shelters are socks. According to HappySocktober.com, “He began to film himself wishing people “Happy Socktober!” as he gave out pairs of socks on the streets, and he posted these videos on social media.” As more and more people saw these videos the idea of Socktober caught on. As the videos became more popular, people wanted to help out any way that they could, so Brad Montague created a way for them to do just that.
Brad created a Socktober rap titled, How Can I Have Swag If I Ain’t Got My Socks On. This rap could be purchased for a $5 donation to the “The Van”. The money earned goes to Aaron Reddin, also known as @HomlessHeretic on twitter. Aaron and a group of friends drive around “The Van” filled with supplies such as water, food, toiletries, and socks; and they give them to anyone in need that they encounter.
Last year over 10,000 socks were donated during October. Help to make this year an even bigger success. Everyone can help to make a difference to someone this October by just simply donating one pair of socks to a local homeless shelter, donating to The Van, or donating to your school if they are participating in Socktober.
It is not to late in the season to donate some socks and help to keep those living on the streets warm this winter; so stop whatever you are doing, get in the car, go to the store, buy a pair of socks, and donate it to your local homeless shelter.
Make a difference this October and encourage others to do so as well, but don’t let charity stop there. Keep serving and helping others any way you can this holiday season, and throughout the rest of this year, next year, and many years to come.