Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters has started a “Sock it to the Mayor” tube sock drive for the benefit of two Seminole organizations – Operation Military Matters and the Interfaith Food Pantry.
Operation Military Matters needs tube socks for the shoe boxes they pack for our military men and women.
Operation Military Matters was founded this year by two Seminole Elementary School fifth graders, Graci Tubbs and Ava Spano, both 10 years old, who are trying to make a difference in the world.
As part of a school project for their gifted class, the girls decided to collect items for the active military overseas and send the items in care packages. Both girls have had immediate family members serve in the military, so helping soldiers is something they are both passionate about.
“They are doing so much for us, I want to do something for them,” Graci said.
The two pupils want to get the word out to the community about their project. They have been busy planning their project, making videos, flyers, handwritten cards, asking organizations to be collection sites and creating a gofundme page.
The Interfaith Food Pantry at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road, will distribute the tube socks to clients in need of food and warm feet.
“The citizens, churches, schools, and civic organizations of Seminole are always generous with their giving. Hopefully we can collect 500 pairs of tube socks. Local retail stores sell for $10.00 or less a bag of 10 pairs. So 50 bags would be great,” smiled Mayor Leslie Waters, “So sock it to me…but only with socks!”
The “Sock it to the Mayor” request for tube socks will continue until year-end.
There are Drop-off boxes at Seminole City Hall for both organizations. City Hall is located next to the Post Office at 9199 113th St.