Cubs for Compassion, a group of juniors focused on serving those in need locally, recently secured 1,000 pairs of socks from Bombas to donate to area shelters.
Last spring, the Cubs raised funds to buy gift cards supporting area restaurants, which they then donated to local health care workers. This fall, they raised over $700 selling homemade candles to purchase socks for people experiencing homelessness, when they received word that their request for sock donations had been accepted by Bombas. Expecting to receive 250 pairs or less, they were shocked to find 1,000 pairs of socks were on the way.
"We were excited about picking places to donate to and getting to help so many people in need, especially during the winter," said Maddie Jackson '22. Their donations will go to the McKenna Center, CCNV Shelter, Georgetown Ministry, and Loves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.
The group has been collaborating online since the start of the pandemic. "Now we have gotten into a rhythm ... We have an awesome and active group chat where we can share new ideas and information for the next step or drop off," said Elizabeth Thompson '22.
The donation from Bombas saves them funds to use for their next project - to be determined. "We are brainstorming," said Maddie. "Now we have more money for the next good deed!"
"I think our main goal is to help those who need our help the most, but ultimately we want to help as many people as possible," said Elizabeth. "We started out by helping health care workers and local businesses, since they were extremely affected by Covid-19. Now because of the economic struggles that many people have had endure due to the pandemic, we have focused our attention on the poor and homeless."