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Lexington High School Leo Club collects 822 pairs of socks for local senior citizens

  Posted on December 30, 2016

Ontario OH –  The holiday season is a little warmer thanks to the students in the Lexington High School Leo Club, who collected more than 800 pairs of socks for local senior citizens.


And it all began with the vision of one person.


Lexington High School held a Career Day panel that included the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. During the discussion, students learned about the Area Agency and We ACT sponsored campaign, “Socks for Seniors”, an annual community-wide project to collect socks for senior citizens in local nursing homes, and were invited to donate.


One student took it a step further. Lexington High School senior Chesney Smith, a member of the Leo Club, the youth affiliate of the service-oriented Lions Club, suggested using Socks for Seniors as one of the group’s service projects. The club’s members agreed and once the details were confirmed, they offered the challenge to their classmates: Whichever homeroom donates the most socks, will be rewarded with Christmas cookies and hot cocoa before Christmas break.


The race was on and within one week, the Leo Club collected an incredible 822 pairs of socks.


The collection deadline for “Socks for Seniors” is Friday, January 6. Current collection sites include: Richland Source, The Area Agency on Aging, City of Ontario Administration Building (Mayor’s Office), the Mansfield YMCA, the City of Mansfield (Mayor’s Office), WMFD TV and Richland County Children Services.


For more information on “Socks for Seniors”, contact Luisa at (800) 592-5680 ext. 1192.


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.


We ACT is a community organization that will respond to community needs when we can, where we can and how we can, with love, peace, respect and understanding.