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Baldwin-Whitehall student organizes "Santa Sock Drive"

| Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

After watching a video on Instagram of a person donating warm jackets to people in need, Bella Macek was inspired.

She wanted to do something to keep the people of the South Hills warm this winter.

But what? She asked her mom, who recommended she collect socks and donate them to South Hills Interfaith Movement for people in need this Christmas season.

Socks are cheap and it wouldn't require a lot for people to donate a gift that could keep people warm this holiday, said Bella, 14, a freshman at Baldwin High School. And as someone who is always cold, Bella said she knows the value warm socks can have.

Bella launched the “Santa Sock Drive” and is collecting socks in the main lobby at Baldwin High School and the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Donations are being collected through this week.

“It's neat to give people at extra present and it's giving back to your community,” Bella said.

So far, more than 30 pairs of socks were donated to the cause, Bella said. A lot came from teachers and her classmates at Baldwin.

Her friends have been supportive of the idea, helping design signs for the collection and donating themselves for the sock drive.

Bella plans to make this an annual collection and launch a flip-flop drive around Easter.

“I think it's a really good feeling, knowing that you're helping someone,” she said. “I just like to see people happy.”

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer

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