Niagara Gazette


December 23, 2012

Third-grader collects more than 1,000 pairs of socks to help others

TONAWANDA: Third-grader collects more than 1,000 pairs of socks to help others.

TONAWANDA — When the temperatures dip into the single digits this winter, and snow starts to collect on the ground, there are people in Niagara County who will have warm feet because of the actions of Megan Harvey.

It’s a thought that makes the North Tonawanda third-grader smile.

“It’s getting close to winter,” she said, “and I don’t want kids to get frostbite.”

Over the past few months, Harvey, 8, collected more than 1,000 pairs of socks as part of Kids Are Key, a state-wide program through the Community Action Angels initiative.

“Once a year we do a statewide cooperative event using volunteers to provide goods and services to people in need,” said Carol Palumbo, family development and nutrition supervisor at the Niagara Community Action Program, which coordinates the program. “This year we decided to take a look at kids helping kids, having them create projects to help other children and families in need.”

This year’s three projects, including Megan’s campaign, were each given $100 as seed money, which they could use in any way necessary for their project, including making copies of fliers or purchasing more supplies. 

“They had to come up with a proposal and a plan,” said Dawn Harvey, Megan’s mother, who found out about the program through her sister, who works for the United Way.

The Harveys went to an estimated 180 houses in the area and put out fliers for Toasty Toes — the name Megan gave her campaign. Megan recruited friends through Girl Scouts.

Three local elementary schools — Errick Road and West Street schools in Niagara-Wheatfield and Ohio Elementary, Megan’s school, in North Tonawanda — and Curves in Niagara Falls took up collections. Errick Road Elementary School collected more than 800 pairs alone. The winning classroom from each school earned a pizza party through Megan’s seed money from Kids Are Key.

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