Wareham students' sock drive aims to benefit homeless

Jan 10, 2018

Two Wareham Middle School students are showing that it only takes a little, to help a lot.

“They saw an issue in the greater world and realized that a small donation can make a big difference for someone in need,” said Wareham Middle School Principal Dr. Peter Steedman.

From now until Jan. 16, eighth grade students Chloe Hogan and Olivia Powers are seeking donations of new socks, which will be given to Wareham’s Nights of Hospitality. The program is organized by area churches and provides a warm place for the homeless to stay during winter.

The students started the drive as part of their Social Responsibility class. Both said they settled on this project after learning that socks are an often overlooked item when people donate to homeless shelters.

“Having clean socks is something we don’t need to think about, but for someone going into a homeless shelter, it makes a huge difference,” said Chloe.

Olivia said the project required some legwork beforehand, such as researching what organization would benefit the most from the drive.

Steedman said Chloe and Olivia’s project shows that students are concerned with the wider world.

“They are a perfect example of the type of leadership we’re trying to cultivate in the middle school,” he said.

So far, the two have collected more than 90 pairs of socks. Donation boxes are in the Wareham Middle School’s nurse’s office and at Abbey Glass Co., located at 3 Tyler Ave.