Curtin School Plans Socktoberfest to Help Countys Homeless


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Curtin Intermediate School is inviting the community to help "kick it to poverty" from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, for its inaugural Socktoberfest.

The kickoff event will help launch the school's month-long sock drive that helps benefit Lycoming County's homeless population.

Better known as #socktober, the movement began three years ago by Kid President and Soul Pancake to help the homeless around the U.S.

Despite a national decrease in people living in unsheltered buildings, including the street, cars and abandoned buildings, this number has increased in Pennsylvania in 2015 by 38 percent.  According to the American Rescue Workers, as of February 2015, there were nearly 60 men, women and children living without shelter in Williamsport.  Furthermore, the U.S. Census Bureau states that 29.99 percent of the citizens in Williamsport are living in poverty, a rate higher than that of Allentown, Philadelphia, Erie and Pittsburgh.

Socktoberfest will offer many free, family friendly activities, including a Bounce House, Sock-er Golf, a bike safety station (bikes and helmets provided) with an obstacle course, a meet-and-greet with local homeless shelters and other community agencies, challenges, yard games, and art sessions.

The school's PTO will hold concession, with a portion of its proceeds going to local homeless shelters.  Instead of exchanging cash for food, Curtin debit cards may be purchased at the event for $5 each at the main entrances on Eldred and Mulberry streets, or may be pre-purchased in the Curtin main office beginning Sept. 20.

Attendees who bring a new package of socks to the event will receive a bonus toward their food purchases. Those who post photos during the event are also encouraged to use the hashtag.

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