Kindergartners send “Sox in a Box” to hurricane victims

On a sunny Wednesday morning, 17 energetic kindergartners sat at their desks trying to find the perfect colored crayon to decorate cards with.

“Where’s the red? Where’s the red? Where’s the red,” one student asked, frantically searching through his pencil box.


But Jillian Devins’ class at Peru Elementary School is doing much more than just coloring.

“It started with a little girl in my class,” Devins said.

Her student, Bella Frechette, had an idea that was sparked by a reality television show.

“We love to watch the show ‘The Little Couple,'” said Bella’s mom, Honora Frechette, “(The show is) very lighthearted. It’s funny. It’s uplifting. But last week, it was about the hurricanes (in Texas and Florida).”

Bella started asking her mom how she could help people impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

That’s when Bella and her mom thought of something.

“(Honora) approached me and asked if we could make cards. So that’s how it all started and from there, it’s just kind of snowballed,” Devins said.

The effort snowballed into a geography lesson, a discussion about hurricanes and an example of compassion.

“We have sent you some socks in a box,” said Devins, reading the poem she wrote aloud to her smiling students, “We are sending you smiles across the miles. Our wish is to turn your frown upside down.”

“(People impacted by the hurricanes) need socks. (Stores in the areas that were flooded) are sold out, and it’s so wet down there,” Frechette said.

UPS donated boxes for Devins’ class to decorate and stuff with socks.

Many more companies are following in UPS’ footsteps.

Honora said companies like DICK’s Sporting Goods, Target, JCPenney, Old Navy, Kinney Drugs and Fleet Feet have donated items, including socks.

“I just thought it was really fun going into the stores and getting the socks,” said Bella’s older brother, Jake.

“It’s touching. It really is,” Devins said.

She said this effort proves that the youngest people can make a big difference.

“It shows that the heart of a 5-year-old, the love that they have in their heart — it’s just beautiful,” she said.

Soon the big, beautiful boxes will be signed, sealed and delivered to Texas and Florida with lots of love from New York.

Peru Elementary will have donation boxes set up by its main office for the next several days.

Frechette said there is a desperate need for baby socks.

School officials said they hope to ship the boxes out next week.


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