Did you know that socks are one of the most frequently requested items by shelters and often overlooked when people make donations?
Socktober is a campaign to get people to donate socks and other much needed goods to the homeless. It was started back in 2010 by a family as a fun way to get friends and loved ones involved in doing something important.
It was July of 2012 when the same family started a web show featuring Robby Novak, the ten year old YouTube sensation, also known as Kid President. He posts a video each Thursday encouraging his followers to “be more awesome”.
For the month of October, he is challenging you to be more awesome by participating in Socktober. The goal is to have two million people (up from last years goal of one million) prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of the homeless.
We think it would be “awesome” for the LT community to join Kid President by helping out the homeless in our area. It is estimated that there are more than 2,300 homeless individuals (adults and children) in Austin who are living on the streets or in emergency shelters. As the weather gets colder, donations both big and small will go a long way in helping those in need.
Grab some of those extra socks bursting out of your drawer or buy some new ones and make a delivery to your local homeless shelter. Here is a list of Austin Homeless Shelters.
If you’d like to make a monetary donation, we support Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The MLF trucks go out into the city streets every night to serve food to the homeless and provide them with basic clothing and hygiene products.
Throughout the month of October, you and your family can help the homeless in an easy, fun way — the time to be awesome is now.