The inspiration for our latest act of kindness came from Kid President, a “family project out to change the world.” According to Kid President founder Brad Montague, every night about 600,000 people live on the streets, and socks are the least donated items to most homeless shelters. We know the situation here in NYC is particularly bad, so we googled some statistics.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, homelessness in New York City is at the “highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930’s.”
In August 2016, over 60,000 New Yorkers people slept in shelters. About a third of those people were children.
Kid President launched Socktober as a way to help the homeless and prove “a big difference can be made with the littlest of things–like socks.” Well, that’s right up our alley here at Budget Philanthropist. Here’s a link to a YouTube video to learn more about the campaign.
We earned some money to fund our philanthropy over the summer selling items on eBay. So to stretch our dollar, we asked our mom to take us to Dollar Tree, where everything in the store is a dollar.
We bought a dozen socks, most of them warm and fuzzy. We figure that especially if you are sleeping on the streets, you would appreciate having some small soft comfort.
We got lucky because coincidentally Jack’s teacher heard about this campaign and is asking the kids to bring in socks to school. So all we need to do is give the socks to her. It makes us happy that teachers at our school don’t just teach academics, but also teach social responsibility and raise awareness about these types of charitable campaigns.
If you are interested in doing more random acts of kindness, we suggest becoming a RAKtivist at the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. They were the first ones to make us aware of this campaign.
It made us feel good to participate in this sock drive. But more importantly, we hope it brings attention to the issue of homelessness and a discussion about ways end this crisis. The Coalition for the Homeless has a web page devoted to ideas, including Federal housing assistance, permanent supportive housing and closing the housing affordability gap. But in the meantime, we are happy to be two of the two million people Kid President is calling on to prove a small act like donating socks can make a big difference.
–Jack & Andrew Greff
10/13 UPDATE: The sock donations keep pouring in! After reading this blog entry, our friends and family have generously contributed to the drive. So we are lucky to be able contribute a few dozen extra pairs of socks on their behalf to help achieve that two million participant goal.