Stamford’s Westover School collects 2,440 pairs of socks for the needy: the ‘most-needed item but the least donated’

STAMFORD — Westover Elementary School has put its best foot forward.

The school community collected more than 2,440 pairs of socks as part of Socktober — an effort to help needy individuals by collecting socks throughout October.

“Socks are the most-needed item but the least donated. Everyone wears socks,” Westover Principal Lisa Saba-Price said in a statement.

“This year, the entire fifth grade worked together by making posters and promoting donations with TikTok dances that were created in dance class,” she said. “We were able to take something as simple as a pair of socks to make a positive difference in someone else’s life by showing we cared. No act of kindness for others is too small.”

The socks, collected by students, staff and their families, will be donated to local organizations, including Person to Person, Inspirica, Community Closet and Pivot Ministry. A bundle of socks will also be dropped off for people who are homeless in New York City.

About 500 pairs of socks were donated from Bombas, an apparel brand known for its support of homeless-related charities.

Led by fifth-grade teacher Heather Stramandinoli and supported by the fifth-grade classes, the Westover community, staff and students chose local community organizations that support many in need in the surrounding area.

Westover has participated in the collection for a number of years, although this year’s total exceeded all expectations, Saba-Price said.