Capstone project collecting socks for Yolo County unhoused

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Makena Driver is collecting socks to distribute to Yolo County unhoused for her Senior Capstone project. (Courtesy photo)

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Makena Driver is collecting socks to distribute to Yolo County unhoused for her Senior Capstone project. (Courtesy photo)

One Winters High School senior is striving to bring warm socks to the homeless and residents in-need through her Senior Capstone project this month.

Senior Makena Driver is encouraging the community to donate new socks, in all sizes, from infant to adult, to her Socktober campaign during October.

Collection bins are available at Pacific Ace Hardware, First Northern Bank, Lorenzo’s Market, the WHS office and the Winters Community Library. Driver said Oct. 31 is the last day to donate to the cause.

Driver said she has participated in multiple outreach community service projects and she was inspired by other groups who have hosted Socktober campaigns. She said hosting her own was a great way to not only do some good in the county and help others, but to also fulfill her Senior Capstone project at the same time.

“There are thousands of people who are homeless during the winter and they don’t have the convenience or the ability to have normal, basic, everyday belongings like socks,” Driver said.

She hopes the community will rally together to participate and show Yolo County homeless that not only does Winters care about them, but that the community values them and that they matter.

“Because I’ve grown up in this town, I have seen how this town has grown, matured and helped those who are struggling,” Driver said.  “It would be a great opportunity to see the community work together to give the socks and bare necessities to those in need.”

Driver is currently still deciding which Yolo County organization to donate the socks through. She said she’s already received a few referrals and is currently doing the research to see which ones will best serve her goal to provide socks 

Driver said she has posted on the Facebook community Winters 411, and if another local business would like to help collect socks, to reach out to her there.

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