Three Lanier Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members hosted the school’s first sock drive for the homeless. The students, Nora Farid, Jules Welch and Sami Saghir collected only socks rather than other clothing items after discovering socks are the least donated clothing item. Upon doing research for their drive, they found the Fairfax-Falls Church region, has the second highest population of homeless in the area. The team found a homeless facility, the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, located in Fairfax, to accept their donations. The February drive collected 649 pairs of socks.
The drive, known as Toasty Toes, is a community service project for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Virginia Beach in April. The team will be competing in the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) event, Chapter Community Service Display in the Junior category. If the group wins at the state level, they will have the opportunity to represent the state of Virginia at the National Leadership Conference held in San Diego this coming July.
“As their adviser, I am very impressed by the imaginative community service project these three students decided to do,” said Susan VonSchaack, Lanier Middle School teacher and FACS and FCCLA adviser. “The research proved that Fairfax County has a high homeless population which I believe gave Sami, Nora, and Jules even more determination in having a successful campaign.”