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.
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.