Tasked to do a high school project, Jonni Myers was stumped on what to do.
Advice from her teacher pushed the Kodiak High School senior in the right direction.
“She told me to choose something that was important to me,” Myers said.
Since Myers’ mother works at the Brother Francis Shelter, she decided to do a sock drive for the homeless.
“She taught me a lot about homeless people and what they go through,” Myers said. “When you are in a hard place, you probably won’t spend your money on the things that are important. Without socks, it could lead to some serious health problems.”
After a month of preparation, Myers set donation boxes at Sutliff’s True Value Hardware and at the high school main office on Tuesday. She then posted the project on the Friends of Kodiak Facebook page.
In less than 24 hours, the box at Sutliff’s was full of socks.
“I was kind of surprised by how much attention the post got on Facebook,” Myers said. “I knew people would think it would be awesome, I just didn’t know there would be that much response.”
Myers is accepting new or used socks without holes. Adult socks will be donated to the Brother Francis Shelter, while kid socks will be given to the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center.
The boxes — she is hoping to place a box in Bells’ Flats soon— will be out until March 26. Myers’ goal is 50 pairs of socks.
“We are hoping for more, but we figured 50 socks is a reachable goal,” she said.
Brother Francis Shelter executive director Monte Hawver said, depending on the time of the year, Kodiak has between 25 to 75 homeless people.
“Socks are one of the most important things for a homeless person because of the weather and sanitation purposes,” he said.
Myers’ mother, Dana, said churches have done sock drives for the shelter, and have been successful. Dana didn’t hesitate to help when her daughter approached her about the project.
“I’m very proud of her,” she said. “She has a good heart.”
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