A Seaford fifth-grader’s iniative was the driving force behind his school’s inaugural sock-donation campaign to help the homeless.
Timothy Navin, who attends Seaford Harbor Elementary School, proposed the “Socktober” event, which collected about 500 pairs of socks for Project ReDirect, a Babylon-based nonprofit that provides emergency housing for the homeless.
“It really just popped into my head,” Timothy, 10, said of the notion. Of the number of socks donated, he said: “I was surprised, because it was only for a week.”
During the collection, held the last week of October, donations were placed in decorated bins that encouraged kids to be “sock superheroes,” school officials said.
Timothy said he proposed the collection as part of his speech for Student Council president. Council members created posters to promote the idea and set out two collection bins, which he said were “overflowing” with socks.
The Socktober concept was launched in 2011 by Brad Montague, a Tennessee resident who created a series of YouTube videos featuring his brother-in-law Robby Novak, known online and on television as Kid President.
“We really liked Tim’s idea,” Seaford Harbor Principal Tom Burke said. “This is a legacy he will leave behind at the school.”
Timothy is in the school’s chorus and plays baritone horn in the band.