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SOCKTOBER is a “kid inspired” community event that teaches compassion and kindness as our local kids collect NEW socks for the many men, women and children in area homeless shelters, McKenney Shelter for Men and the East Hartford Community Shelter for Families.
This community project is entirely volunteer driven by Glastonbury Newcomers’ & Neighbors’ Club kids and families and made possible thanks to our four SOCKTOBER sponsors: Guaranteed Rate, Hair Today, Julie Lopez CPA and Sharon McCormick Design.
CT River Valley Chamber
Edward Jones (703 Hebron Ave.)
Glastonbury Parks & Recreation
(office and Teen Center)
Julie Lopez CPA
Sharon McCormick Design
St. Dunstan Church
William Raveis Glastonbury
In addition, we want to recognize the following establishments, which are not open to the general public:
Educational Playcare Glastonbury
New Steps Dance & Fitness Center
The Goddard School
Visit our Amazon Wish List to send socks directly to us.
Make a venmo donation and we'll purchase socks on your behalf: Julie Campbell @Julie-Campbell-91
Socks + October = SOCKTOBER 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.
This is our 6th year doing SOCKTOBER. Our kid's small act of kindness has totaled over 8,200 pairs of socks since inception, all thanks to the generosity of the Glastonbury community.
In partnership with Community Renewal Team (CRT), Glastonbury Newcomers’ & Neighbors’ Club collected donated socks for two local 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.