Truckee cousins team up to collect 709 pairs of socks for those in need
TRUCKEE, Calif. — You’ve heard of kissing cousins. Well, how about collecting cousins?
Chloe Neadeau (fourth grade) and Myles Neadeau (second grade) are Truckee cousins who wanted to do something for others this holiday season and came up with an idea in October to collect socks.
The Truckee Elementary School students named the sock drive “Hey Truckee! Let’s warm the SOLE” and passed out posters around town and created a Facebook page to promote the endeavor.
Donations began coming in on Oct. 21, said Nicole Neadeau, Myles’ mother.
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“The reason why they wanted to collect socks instead of other items is because when people donate gently used items for those in need during the holiday season, the items that come in fall into the categories of shoes, coats and clothing — but not socks,” Nicole said. “Also, they believe that every single person desires warm toes, so that’s what we focused on — new socks.”
Soon, socks in boxes were sent from all over the country, including West Virginia and Oklahoma, along with several California locations, including Palm Springs, Bay Area, Monterey and Sacramento.
“Not to mention our amazing hometown Truckee folks who donated at our drop boxes at Truckee Elementary, Tahoe Forest Church and Jax on the Tracks,” Nicole said.
The Neadeaus’ original goal was to collect 500 pairs of socks and distribute them to those in need in three categories — homeless, seniors, and children.
“With the amazing generosity of friends, family and strangers, the kids way surpassed their goal,” Nicole said. “The drive received 300 pairs of adult men’s and women’s socks, and 409 pairs of children’s socks — 709 pairs total.”
Of the adult socks, 100 went to San Francisco homeless in November during a weekend event called City Impact, with the help of Tahoe Forest Church.
“This event is set up to feed the homeless,” Nicole said. “However, the socks were first to go before food. The people in San Francisco were so grateful for fresh socks.”
Next, 128 adult socks went to the Christmas Wish party held at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, where the seniors may have little in the way of gifts or no family with whom to celebrate.
Remaining adult socks will go to the seniors in the extended care unit at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, she said, and given to those who do not have family to help.
On Tuesday, all the children’s socks were delivered to an emergency care shelter in Reno for youth aged 0-18, Nicole said.
“This has been a huge emotional and encouraging effort to give back, and we are so proud of the kids for taking on such a big and successful project,” she said. “And we are all so thankful for the community support of everyone who helped these kids be an avenue to reach so many of those in need.”
Residents can visit the drive’s Facebook page at facebook.com/warmthesole to learn more.
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