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Fourth-grader collecting socks

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Take heart, adults of Placer County, and don’t discount the voices of our children. “How often do we hear our kids talk about helping others and we crush them with ‘Oh, that would be nice’ and leave it there,” said Luz Johnson, mother of 9-year-old Matthew. However, the fourth-grader will be busier than usual through Feb. 10. On Jan. 23, the second annual Socks from the Heart to the Homeless project kicked off. The event was started by the then 8-year-old boy, who has a compassionate heart for those less fortunate. “His heart for the poor and homeless nudged him to make a difference,” explained Matthew’s mom. “In 2010, after helping serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the needy, his heart broke. On several occasions our conversations turned to tears as he failed to understand how some people had to go without food, clothing, shelter and other necessities.” Matthew then came up with the idea of gathering donations of new socks for the homeless. His initial goal was to collect about 1,500 pair of socks. In the end, he collected 3,000 socks, which were distributed to Roseville’s Gathering Inn, the Salvation Army, the Union Gospel Mission and the Mustard Seed School in Sacramento. This year Matthew decided on a new approach. In addition to socks, he is collecting T-shirts and underwear. His goal has also doubled. He’s hoping to collect 6,000 of each. Various drop-off locations have been set up throughout our region to help Matthew reach his goal. William Jessup University in Rocklin is one of those locations. Matthew’s mom is an alumnus of the growing Christian Liberal Arts university. “When I contacted the university, they were glad lvd.to help out. Matthew’s cause goes hand-in-hand with their commitment to serve our surrounding communities,” Johnson explained. Roseville locations include: Jericho Coffee, 8711 Sierra College Boulevard and LPL Financial, 420 Folsom Road, Suite B. For more information visit Socks from the Heart to the Homeless on Facebook. Or call Luz Johnson at (916) 397-9490 or contact her via email at lemeraz@yahoo.com. ________ How to help Second annual Socks from the Heart to the Homeless project What: Donate socks, T-shirts and underway for homeless When: Through Feb. 10 Where: Drop-off at William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd. Donations will go to homeless shelters.