Community Spotlight: Something as small as a pair of socks

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When Montgomery County teacher Renea Boles decided she wanted to give back to her community beyond the four walls of her classroom, she thought it had to be something big. What she learned is that small things can make a big difference.

Boles, a teacher at Erdenheim Elementary School in the Springfield Township School District, teamed up with four of her fellow teachers and their families to pack and deliver bags filled with toiletries and other essential items to men and women who are homeless in Philadelphia. They delivered the items on April 23 during the morning rush at SEPTA's Suburban Train Station in Center City Philadelphia. The demand was so high that the bags were gone within 15 minutes.

The bags included toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, and other personal items, but Boles said it was a simple pair of socks that people wanted most.

Boles immediately thought of Socktober, an initiative started a few years ago by Kid President. Every October, students at Erdenheim Elementary take part in Socktober by collecting thousands of pairs of socks for the homeless. This year, Boles plans to work with her school to make sure some of those donations can be delivered to their neighbors who are homeless in nearby Philadelphia.

"Something like socks that we take for granted, someone needs them," Boles said. "One pair of socks makes a difference."


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