Recently, we have had the pleasure of meeting an outstanding young man. He is 10-year-old Drake Arnett, a 4th grade student of Glenhope Elementary in Colleyville. While many kids his own age are absorbed in doing the usual things that 10 year olds do, this boy decided to come up with a project that would benefit children in need.
Wanting to find something inspiring to get involved in, Drake and his mom searched the Internet for a project to capture his enthusiasm. He found “Socktober” a month-long project in October, started 5 years ago by YouTube’s “Kid President”.
Throughout the month of October, Drake put up posters at businesses and sent out information to friends. By month’s end, he had collected 119 pairs of every kind and color of socks imaginable. Having learned a little about SafeHaven, and how it protects moms and children in the women’s shelter, he felt these children should have the comfort of cozy new socks during these chilly months. When asked how it felt to get involved in this project for the first time, he replied that he was just glad to be doing this. When we talked to Drake about how the shelter takes care of these families in need, his heart went out to the children. He left the room, returned with his bicycle, and said he hoped that it would now make another child happy! At the dinner table, Drake and his dad talked about families in the shelter and their needs. The next day, we were called to come back to the Arnett home for another pick up of donations. This resulted in a car full of boxes of cereal for the transitional families of the shelter. When a determined young person sets his mind on accomplishing something, great things can happen!
It is truly inspiring to see a young person interested in making a difference. He shows that it is never too early to help others. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if other students found inspiration in this story as well!