Mvskoke Nation Youth Council accepting donations for the homeless throughout October
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Members of the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council are hosting Socktober from Oct. 1-26.
Going into its fourth year, Socktober is a national initiative to collect new socks and other supplies for the homeless.
According to information from the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, there were over 4,000 people homeless on a single night in Oklahoma in 2017.
MNYC member Laura Mason credited her brother, Charles Mason, for bringing Socktober to the Okmulgee area.
Mason said her little brother wanted to start a Generation Indigenous project, which is an initiative that challenges Native youth to meet the needs of their community.
She said Charlie felt compelled to help homeless children in the area.
“Charlie and Tafv Sanders set up a donation box at their school in Beggs. I set one up in Okmulgee and OSU-IT,” Laura said.
She said MNYC has also partnered for a third year with Okmulgee High School National Honor Society for the project.
According to a release from MNYC, the project has a goal of collecting 500 socks this year.
But socks are not the only item someone can donate. Beanies, bottled water and hygiene products such as toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant are also needed and accepted.
Mason said donations will go to the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter.
Mason said MNYC also intends to reach out to other youth councils to expand participation in the event.
Anyone is welcome to set up a collection box and participants are encouraged to attach the Socktober 2018 drop off site flyer.
To register a drop off point and learn about local homeless services contact Mvskoke Nation Youth Services Director Nancy Mason at: 918-549-2558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.