Timberlane hosted its second annual Socktober drive during the month of October. The drive, run by Students of Service, is aimed at collecting new pairs of socks to be donated to a local homeless shelter, as socks are most often an item that shelters run out of first. However, this year, the drive came with a new twist- a friendly competition between the middle and high school to see who could collect the most pairs.
Both schools made large contributions, resulting in 720 total pairs of socks collected with the high school edging out the middle school. But it really wasn’t about winning for either building- it was about being able to support others in need.
“It’s important to give back to the community. People these days don’t really understand what others go through, especially in the winter. Doing the socked drive really helps you get involved in the community and look at the bigger picture,” said Students of Service member, junior Madison Comeau.
In lieu of the gas explosions in Lawrence, Timberlane staff also collected non-perishable goods to donate to those families who are still displaced from their homes. Both the sock donations and non-perishable goods were donated to the Lazarus House in Lawrence who is providing a great deal of support to these families at this time.
“Lazarus House is so very grateful to have a strong partnership with both the Timberlane Regional High School and the Timberlane Middle School. The entire school community has gone above and beyond to help families who are struggling in the Merrimack Valley and specifically those recovering from the recent gas crisis,” said Lazurus House’s Development Officer, Ellen Bedrosian.
“Lazarus House has been serving people for the past 35 years. We are here in the short term and will be here in the long term to help address the needs of the people. Lazarus House has responded and will continue to respond in any way we can to those who come to us from this crisis, as well as those who are experiencing crises of their own.”
The drive not only helped provide Lazurus House with essential items needed, but it also helped instill a sense of hope, “This drive by the Timberlane community which addresses the most basic of human needs with dignity and respect is greatly appreciated. The collaborative effort of the students is further confirmation of the good which is in all of us. We are honored to serve all who come to us for support, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and the hearts of those who gratefully and humbly accept your donation,” said Bedrosian.
Pictured Left to Right – Nikki Rullo senior, Kyrissa Cloutier senior, Kiara Burke senior, Bobbi Matuszak school nurse