Soup 'n Socks Drive

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Tallahassee, FL--12/23/11

"I can only imagine on Christmas day having to go to a kitchen with people I don't know," said Miss Rickards High, Onyeka Ugochukwu.

A high school beauty queen and her friends are taking time out of their winter break to make sure the needy have what they need.

"Socks and underwear are very necessary but they're usually forgotten. If you can imagine wearing the same pair of socks all the time because they're so easily forgotten," said Ugochukwu.

Three Rickards High School students initiated the "Soup 'n Socks Drive" just one week ago. They're surprised by, and proud of, their peers who gathered 743 pairs of socks and 50 cans of soup on such short notice. They say it's a testament to the character of Rickards' students.

"A lot of time people think about my school with exaggerated violence and tension and with all sorts of negative connotations, but that's not true," said Ugochukwu.

"One of the things that we wanted to do with this is sort of break the stereotype that we're a ghetto school. I don't know if I'm allowed to say that on the news or not," said Senior Class Secretary Sarah Richardson.

This is the first "Soup n Socks Drive" at the Leon County high school. Organizers hope to set a precedent and make it an annual holiday tradition.

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