Sun City takes part in Socktober

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Sun City Elementary School collected items to donate to the Providence House in Shreveport. Among the items were new pairs of socks, underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Pictured are Sun City second graders Gabe Armond, Bella Claire Sandafur and Sadie Bankston.

Even the smallest act of love can make a big difference.

That’s the lesson students at Sun City Elementary School in Bossier City learned during Socktober, a national movement that began four years ago get kids and adults to help the homeless in an easy, fun way. Sun City collected items over a 10 day period to donate to the Providence House, a residential development center for homeless families with children.

Among the items they collected were more than 400 pairs of socks, 104 new pairs of underwear, 239 combs and brushes, 123 bars of soap, 201 toothbrushes and 228 containers of toothpaste. Principal Kim Tuminello said she’s proud of her students and the community for supporting the cause.

“We realized there was a need because there are children in our own school system that are homeless,” Tuminello said. “It’s all going directly back into our community to help our neighbors in need. Without the community support, ”

The Providence House is currently serving 73 families and 144 children. Suzanne Sims and Kristie Lamoree from Providence House were present for the assembly and were overwhelmed by the school’s support.

This donation drive was Sun City’s contribution to the Bossier Schools ‘Helping Hearts’ initiative, a community-wide service initiative implemented by the Bossier School System last year that extends random acts of kindness opportunities to individuals and organizations in need through causes that are near and dear to their hearts.

While the topic of homelessness may be hard for the Pre-K through third grade students to grasp, Tuminello said it’s a great way to get younger generations involved in paying it forward early on in their lives.

“These are the citizens of tomorrow,” Tuminello added. “Going into the holiday season, we thought this was a great idea to teach the students at an early age that it’s important to give as much as it is to receive.”

Socktober is presented by SoulPancake and Kid President. For more information, visit www.soulpancake.com/socktober.