Kim Hudson: These girls are on a mission to help others

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Raegan Porter and Sara Weiss – both sixth-graders at Bennett Middle School – have a new appreciation for warm socks.

There’s no doubt this has been one of the coldest weeks many of us have ever experienced. I bet you are bundled up right now with a warm sweater or sweatshirt – maybe you are reading this under a cozy blanket – and I can almost guarantee most of you (us) have on a warm pair of socks.

Let me to introduce you to Raegan Porter and Sara Weiss – both sixth-graders at Bennett Middle School – who have a new appreciation for warm socks. Raegan and Sara have been friends since Pre-K and just three weeks ago they started a project for the homeless men, women and children in Salisbury.

Calling it “Lets Sock it to Them to Warm Up the Community” these two pre-teen girls are on a mission.

The project began when the girls saw homeless people visibly affected by the cold.  They wondered what they could do to help and began asking questions. They asked leaders in their church (St. Francis) for guidance and learned that there was a great need for socks for our homeless population. The girls knew this was how they wanted to help.

Raegan and Sara set a goal to collect 425 pairs of socks. They began by asking friends and family members, sharing their project on Facebook (through their moms’ accounts) and during the announcements at their school. And literally in 3 weeks time the socks began pouring in. They blew away their initial goal and have collected over 900 pairs.

What I love about this project is that it is completely driven by the girls. They saw a need in our community and actually did something about it. Socks have been coming from all over too. Family members from New Jersey, North Carolina and Maine have sent packages. Raegan and Sara say they cannot believe how generous people have been. And this project has made them want to help more. Two weeks ago they volunteered during Sunday dinner at HALO and said they can’t wait to do it again.

Raegan and Sara have a new goal – to raise 1,000 pairs of socks. They are collecting until the end of February and boxes for donations are set up at Tilghman Orthodontics, Vinny’s La Roma, Fruitland Primary School and Bennett Middle School if you’d like to drop off a pair or two.

The girls never thought their project would get this big. They’ve enjoyed everything about this project from seeing how kind and generous people can be to watching their sock totals add up. In preparation for this past weekend’s cold temperatures, the girls distributed 800 pairs of socks to local organizations.

What a great example these two young ladies are setting; warming the soles of those in need.

Contact Kim Hudson at tkhudson@comcast.net.

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