Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Socks for Japan

We finished our Socks for Japan project yesterday, and it was such a great feeling to take those huge boxes to the post office. Our elementary school collected socks to send to those hit by the disasters in Japan, and my kids and I repackaged and counted the socks.

We knew the families at our school were generous with their time and donations for causes in the past, but we had no idea how many of them would bring in socks. The school staff worked hard to come up with a letter the students could insert in the baggie with each pair that would be a personal message with a drawing. As you can see, the results are simply adorable.

After counting and recounting, we came to our grand total:

1008 pairs of socks
81 pounds of socks

To save shipping costs, we put as many as we could into two large boxes, then had one smaller box for the overflow. Thanks to the helpful folks at the post office, we were able to mail the three boxes yesterday.

But the best part of the project was the perspective it brought to my children. They knew about the disasters from lessons in school, but I think it truly affected them when they saw photos of other sock donations and of the children in Japan smiling as they received new socks. My daughter in particular took this to heart, and she was the one who asked me to approach the school about doing the sock drive. She may not be able to grasp the magnitude of the damage, but she can relate to the sight of another child in need.

My favorite part of this experience happened yesterday afternoon. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw my daughter watch the post office go by as we drove away. With a very big smile on her face, she said, "Now the socks are on their way to making lots and lots of people happy." Simply wonderful.

The Socks for Japan project is winding down, but there is still time to send a shipment (the last day is 5/16/11). For more information, check out Jason Kelly's site at http://jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/. Here is an article from our local paper detailing our sock collection. And thanks to Makiko and Amy for telling us about the project.

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