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Students donate 1,300 socks to Torres Shelter residents

"He takes those kids and gets them involved in something that's bigger than themselves, and they're always so filled with question, and so amazing," said Supervisor Bill Slack.

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 4:50 PM

"We were outside Big 5 with tables. And also my mom asked people from my family to donate sock to us," said Chico 4th grader Amelia Mitchell.

"It was cold out there in front of Big 5! It was a hard for some of them to get that rhythm down and approach them," said Marigold Elementary School teacher Mark Friedman, who each year gets his students involved in an unusual class field trip and project.

"I just want to shake up their perspective - it's an opportunity for them to see the world from someone else's perspective and imaging the challenges some people in our community face, and empathy and compassion, something we all need to be sharing with each other now." said Friedman.

The class partnered with Big 5 in Chico to collect socks to donate to residents of the Torres Shelter.

"I was really surprised with the community support, 75% of the people who went into Big 5 came out with socks. This was by far our best year!" said Friedman.

The students were pretty humble about their own efforts.

"It was the community mostly, they helped buy the socks" said 4th grader Brayden Blizman.

Those who work at the shelter say every year, the piles seems bigger - this year, students brought in 1300 pairs of socks.

"It's immensely important to us - every time someone donates shampoo, socks, that's something we don't have to buy- we gove them to the residents, we don't charge them for anything," said shelter supervisor Bill Slack.

The kids took a tour of the shelter, all of them so eager to learn about the residents, the rules, and the role of the Torres Shelter in the community.

"He takes those kids and gets them involved in something that's bigger than themselves, and they're always so filled with question, and so amazing," said Slack.

The kids seemed proud of their efforts, and really hopeful that they made a difference.

"Some people in our community don't have a lot of things, I though this was nice because with 1300 socks, we could really help a lot of people," said student Audrey Meier.

"It's a nice thing to do - there's a lot of people in our community who don't have homes," said Mitchell.

"I thought it was nice to help people that are out living on the streets," said Blizman.

"I feel happy for them to get them and be warm," said 4th grader Damien Shanahan.

These kinds of donations are appreciated at any time, just swing by the front desk at the Torres Shelter.

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