6-year-old raises money to provide socks for Chico's homeless

Maverick McKeen, a homeschool kindergarten student, decided he wanted to do something nice for others during the holidays.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 6:35 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2020 6:47 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A kindergartener from Paradise is taking steps to make sure people without a home can keep warm.

6-year-old Maverick McKeen, a homeschool student, decided he wanted to do something nice for others during the holidays.

While Maverick and his mom were riding bikes through Bidwell Park recently, he noticed many people that called the park home. He wanted to do something to help them. 

Heidi McKeen, Maverick's mom says, "He asked where do they keep their stuff? Where do they get food? And something he noticed was that a lot of people were barefoot."

"I chose socks for the homeless people at Bidwell Park since they didn't always have socks," said Maverick.

According to Maverick, socks are the most important thing in the world. To him, his socks bring him joy and he wanted to share it with other people. 

They set up a GoFundMe page a week ago, and they just reached their goal of $500 two days ago.

Maverick says he wants to reach $1,000 so that he can also purchase socks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"I am just really proud of him and I'm excited that at such a young age he sees the importance in giving back to the community and I'm glad he chose something that's important to him that he's sharing with other people," said Heidi. 

Right now, Maverick and his mom are bagging up all of the socks so they can distribute them to those in need next week. 

To see how you can help with the Bidwell Park Sock Project, click here.

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