For the past ten years, the Saint Christopher school community has held a sock drive to support local shelters. This year, the Student Council decided to breathe new life into the cause originally created by Sister Kieran O’Connor and the Sisters of the Presentation by launching #SOCKTOBER.
Cryptic posters started creeping around campus in September that read, “#SOCKTOBER is coming!” which created quite a buzz. An orange body-suited figure named “Mr. Socktober” was born and made special appearances in classrooms and in the parking lot at dismissal to rally the troops. The result of the two-week endeavor yielded a record amount…4,587 new pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s socks! Miss Pollock’s first grade class brought in an incredible 649 pairs!
Sister Kieran, overwhelmed by the response, shared that the socks will be distributed to a number of agencies supported by the Sisters of the Presentation. The Loving and Learning Center in Morgan Hill will distribute socks to immigrant women and children. Day laborers in the Mission District will receive men’s socks, and a homeless shelter in Redwood City will receive socks as well. A special box of extra-warm socks will be sent to Alaska where a generous group of college graduates volunteer to work at the Catholic Radio mission (KNOM).