With the holiday season approaching, thoughts turn to giving to others and trying to make others’ lives a little easier.
For one Louisa County Middle School student, giving to others is second nature.
Olivia Vibbert, 13, has been collecting and donating socks to the homeless for over a year, culminating in a donation of 400 pairs of socks to the Louisa County Public Schools Socktober drive last month.
“I have a lot of socks and it felt good to know that a lot of people can have new socks in this county,” she said.
Vibbert began collecting socks just over a year ago for an organization she founded called “Cold Feet Warm Hearts.” She collects socks that people donate and distributes them to organizations that can get them to the homeless.
It began as a project for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America’s STAR event competition, but has grown to something bigger.
Vibbert says she was inspired by her own experiences with homelessness. For a period of seven weeks last year, as her family moved back to the east coast from Utah, Olivia, her parents and two younger siblings, were left without a place to live.
To read the entire story, see the Nov. 23 edition of The Central Virginian.