“There is a lot of people everywhere that don’t have a house, or can’t get a job to get a house or food or utensils for daily life.” -Charles Mason
Deviney Luchsinger/Multimedia Specialist
Event collects socks for homeless
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Socks. Everyone has them. It is something most of us do not even think about. We just pull them out of the drawer, slip them on our feet and we are ready to go.
But for the estimated 600,000 homeless people in the U.S., clean socks are a luxury.
Kid President, a Twitter personality promoting helpfulness, community outreach and being awesome started Socktober. For the month of October, participants are encouraged to collect socks, toiletries and other essential items for local homeless outreach programs.
The Mvskoke Nation Youth Council in collaboration with Generation Indigenous is asking everyone to join them in their efforts.
“There is a lot of people everywhere that don’t have a house, or cant get a job to get a house or food or utensils for daily life,” said Charles Mason of the MNYC.
This is Charles’s third year in participating in Socktober.
“I’m just really excited that it’s something they see as an issue and wanting to help other people in their community,” said Nancy Mason, Mvskoke Nation Youth Services director and mother of Charles.
According to Charles, 600 people in Okmulgee County are affected by homelessness, 30 of which are teens.
“Just in our office last year, we’ve dealt with young people in our office who are homeless,” Nancy said. “It is something we see first hand.”
All donations benefit the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter and CREOKS ONIT program, which provides services to youth ages 17-24 who are homeless or transitioning.
To donate, items can be dropped off at MNYS located at 122 East 6th St. in Okmulgee. For more information about the project, call: 9185492557
If you or someone you know is homeless, Nancy urges you to reach out to Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter or CREOKS ONIT. You can contact MNYS to gain access for you, a loved one, or family by calling 918-549-2557 or visiting the MNYS office.