The Vineyard Elementary Student Council, made up of fourth- and fifth-graders, organized a Socktober sock drive to benefit the ECHO homeless shelter as a community service project.

Families of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in Templeton donated approximately 500 pairs of socks. The school also received 50 pairs from the Sock Drawer in San Luis Obispo and 5,000 pairs, a retail value of about $75,000, from Drymax Technologies.

This was the first year for the project.

‘Drymax is a local company and when we heard that these amazing young people were collecting socks for those less fortunate in our community we had to act,’ said Bob MacGillivray, Drymax executive vice president. ‘We scoured our inventory at our Alabama warehouse for enough socks to really make a positive impact on the local homeless population.’