Socktober is a sock drive that takes place during the entire month of October. GNN kids put on this annual community service project to learn about giving back and helping those less fortunate in a meaningful way that even the littlest hands and minds understand the importance of something as simple as socks.
Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, kids of Glastonbury Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club shows that even the smallest act of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate, the homeless.
Sock donations for men, women and children were collected during the month of "Socktober". Last year over 1,400 pairs of new socks were collected. We greatly appreciate our annual sponsors who hosted a kid created sock box for donations:
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Glastonbury Newcomers’ & Neighbors’ Club delivered all donated socks to these homeless shelters: McKenny Shelter for Men and the East Hartford Community Shelter for Families.
It was created by Brad Montague in 2011. He created this project when he realized there was a large homeless population in his hometown. While researching his community and the community’s homeless population, he found that socks are the least donated items to homeless shelters. Brad took to the streets and started wishing people “Happy Socktober!” Word spread quickly thanks to social media and Socktober was created.