Socktober event to benefit students in need

Students collecting socks
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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - It's not just October at the Blytheville School District; it's "Socktober."

Right now, students in the district are being encouraged to donate a dollar or a pair of socks to the Socktober drive. The money and socks raised will go toward students in the school district who are in need of socks before winter.

The school has been hosting the drive all month.

Blytheville High School Senior Jalen Gibson said that by donating socks, they get additional "bonus" points to go on a school trip at the end of the year. Gibson said, though, that doesn't matter. He said it's all about helping others.

"I have that personality that just wants to give, but never really has the time to give," Gibson said. "So Socktober is a good time to give."

Gibson said everyone needs something, whether it's big or little. He said this event is a small way to help those who need something as simple as socks.

"I'm not very privileged, but I'm thankful that I can help," Gibson said.

To Gibson, the ability to help others means a lot because he knows what it's like to be in need.

"Before I started working, I struggled to get clothes for myself. Sometimes I'd come to school with no socks. Before I started working, it was very hard for my mother to do for all three of her kids on her income," Gibson said.

Gibson said he's happy to know he can keep someone from going through what he has gone through.

Though students are asked just to bring a dollar or a pair of socks, Gibson said he plans to bring multiple pairs of socks of various sizes to help out.

The event ends at the end of the month.

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