Tuesday, October 29, 2013

From Make A Difference Day & Socktober to November Give Back

Did you find a way to give back on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26th? I was able to do several forms of "family service" and it felt good to do the right thing with my time and resources.

If you missed your opportunity, here's another chance. The gifted little actor Soul Pancake promotes the needs of our homeless and transient neighbors with "Socktober."

"Neighbors," one of my students asked this morning. "Do we even HAVE homeless people in Palo Alto?" His question generated an enlightening discussion about the law that was recently passed to prevent homeless people from living in their cars in our town. From my experience student teaching in South Palo Alto this semester, I will say It's true: This side of the community is less divided than the north side. More middle income, less poverty and less extreme wealth. 

Thank you to Soul Pancake for this compelling message, giving us all another chance to Make A Difference with Socktober. Don't let November stop you, homeless and transients can use new socks anytime--yes, even in Palo Alto.

Local Resources in and around Palo Alto, CA will will accept socks (new, please) and more any day, every day. Giver's Tip: take $5 or $10 to your local dollar store, purchase 5 or 10 pairs of adult sized socks and make your special delivery!

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