Charter school students help homeless with “Socktober”

The 11 year old boy honored for his compassion towards the homeless has resumed his good work

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Once a hometown hero, always a hometown hero. The 11 year old boy honored for his compassion towards the homeless has resumed his good work.

“Socktober.” Landon Himmelreich of Chicopee coined the word a year ago when he began collecting socks for the homeless. A project that earned Landon a coveted hometown hero recognition last March from the Western Massachusetts Red Cross chapter.

He was at it again this October Columbus Day weekend with his classmates from the Hampden Charter School of Science.

Landon told 22News, “I just wanted to do it so I could help out the homeless people who are in need, because they don’t have some of the stuff we have…So in the wintertime they don’t freeze so they can at least be warm in the wintertime.”

Landon’s mom is so proud of her son’s feelings for the less fortunate. She encourages him to continue helping the homeless.

Kim Himmelreich said, “We started off really small and we asked family and friends and the school to help out and we were able collect more than 285 pairs of socks.” A number expected to be multiplied many times over by what Landon and his classmates collected during this holiday weekend.

New terms are added to our vocabulary every year, but Socktober could well be among the most meaningful.

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