The Lower School Community Group, along with 2nd Grade teacher Brittany Garrison, STEAM teacher Kate Skivington and support of the school community, have launched a month-long drive to collect pairs of new socks that will be donated to Joseph’s House in Troy, NY.
The project aims to help those in need of clothes, continues the Lower School service tradition, and educates students about those in need, including the hundreds of thousands of homeless people nationwide. Garrison notes that many of us take warm socks and shoes for granted but for some they can be expensive: “One thing that most people need no matter if they are a man, woman or a child are socks. Socks keep feet warm and dry and keep feet from rubbing against shoes causing blisters. Socks can wear out easily and can be very expensive to buy when you have very limited funds. There are currently about 600,000 homeless people in our country. This includes men, women and children. They need socks and we would like to help.”
Donations by students, families, and any member of the Doane Stuart community may be brought to the school where they will be stored in the Lower School Red Pod. Donations will be accepted until October 31.
Joseph’s House in Troy provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1000 men, women and children annually. Central to its mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. Treating each person with dignity and respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices. Among its services, Joseph’s House offers housing, support, emergency shelters, a medical clinic for the homeless, resettlement programs, and the Bethune Program, which works with formerly homeless families headed by an adult with a disability.
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