Last December, students in the Tyler ISD TARGET (Gifted and Talented) program participated in a unique fundraising opportunity that ultimately benefited people both near and far.
“Socks for Legs” is an initiative of We Help Two, an organization that strives to make positive change in the world by using funky socks to have twice the impact through service learning and fundraising efforts. How the program works is that for every pair of socks sold, the school also receives a pair to give to local charities. In addition, funds raised go toward We Help Two partners MEND and LEGWORKS to provide legs to amputees, who would not be able to afford them, giving them a second chance at life.
TARGET students sold 82 packs of socks to provide one full leg and a portion of a second leg. They also received 82 pairs of warm socks they chose to donate to The Salvation Army.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this program is that students find out where each of their funded legs goes and will receive at least one picture and story of an amputee whose life has been change,” Melissa LeBlanc, TARGET teacher, said. “We were so excited to see pictures of Gertrude and Richmond, both from Ghana, and to hear of their progress with their new legs.”
For the 2017-18 school year We Help Two partnered with schools across the country to provide over 200 legs throughout the developing world.