Socks get donated to children in need

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It's never too early to give people in need a Holiday gift, especially on Giving Tuesday and even more so when those people in need might be children. Burlington in Grand Island donated 500 pairs of socks to Wasmer Elementary in Grand Island Tuesday morning.

Students at Wasmer Elementary were donated pairs of socks on Giving Tuesday, by Burlington

The school and Burlington have been community partners all year, since Burlington chose Wasmer for "Adopt a Classroom" and Burlington wanted to continue the partnership, this time through a timely, crucial donation.

"We're happy to have this relationship with Burlington," Wasmer principal James Tews said. "They've been a fantastic partner in the community and we hope that we can continue to do this sort of relationship in the future."

Wasmer told Burlington that clothing is always a priority as one in five children are living in poverty and may be coming to school cold, without socks, or with holes in their socks.

"It's not just the schools but it's the children who need the support," Tews said. "So it goes beyond the classroom. It goes to the home environment and being able to have a safe home and be clothed and fed and that way they can come to school, feel safe and become part of our community as well."

The socks will be distributed by school officials on a "need" basis, with students in higher demand getting more pairs of socks.