LAKE CRYSTAL — After finishing up a month-long “Socktober” fundraiser to collect socks and other needed items for nonprofits Friday, students at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School can now put their feet up.

With an original goal to collect 300 donated items, the school held a rally in its gymnasium to announce final donation numbers Friday. The students shattered organizers’ expectations.

Box after box was brought forward while the students cheered until a total of 964 items were tallied. Grades six through 12 then held a sock-toss competition into laundry baskets, with the junior class coming out on top. 

Lila Kahmann, special education teacher at the school, helped organize the collection drive. Donning mismatched socks at the rally, she said the students did a fantastic job rallying behind the cause.

“We originally were aiming for 300, then thought 500, but they blew it out of the water,” she said. “It’s the first time we’ve done it, and the kids did a great job.”

The donated items will be split between Partners for Affordable Housing and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Kahmann said the latter was chosen because she knew many students have relatives who’ve served. 

Partners for Affordable Housing was the local nonprofit chosen to benefit from the donations. Liz Zaruba, communications and volunteer coordinator for Partners for Affordable Housing, said the clothing, towels, diapers and more will be put to good use in their shelters.

“For ours we’ll use it for our shelter guests and for our transitional housing program,” she said. “Those are a huge need for us.”

After the encouraging results, Kahmann said this October may be just the first of many Socktobers.

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