Deerfield Township Elementary Students Donating Socks to Code Blue

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DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -

As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, the need for coats, hats, gloves, and scarves becomes more apparent within the homeless community. According to studies, socks are the least donated item, but still very much needed.

That's why a South Jersey elementary school made it their mission to change October into SockTober so they could collect socks for the homeless.

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SockTober is a nationwide event where students hold sock drives to collect socks for local shelters. Third graders at Deerfield Township Elementary took part for the first time, along with many other schools across the country, and it was more of a success than they could have imagined.

“It’s a district goal this year to help improve [the] climate and culture in our building and so we had already had the mindset that we were going to go through this year by trying to implement different community service projects with the students," said Courtney Tucker, a third-grade teacher at Deerfield Township Elementary. "So, when this one came about, we thought we would give it a shot and see how it worked out with the kids. Who knew these kids would just soak it up like sponges and they just extended it all throughout their community and they really just spread the word as best they could.”

Many students, like Ella Burger and Evangeline Vera, even went above and beyond by creating videos to promote the event as well as a custom sock box to use to collect.

“I got involved with Socktober because I wanted to build classroom community and help all of the people who are homeless," said Vera.

“I like it because some people are homeless and they don’t have enough money to get shoes so socks are like shoes for them," said Burger.

The students collected more than 600 pairs of socks in just four short weeks during National SockTober Month by passing out fliers and putting all their time and energy into making sure those less fortunate have warm feet for the coming colder months.

All 614 pairs of these socks will end up at the Code Blue program in Bridgeton. The third graders said they are already excited to raise even more for next year.
 
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