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Through pandemic, Richardson student continues sock drive for the homeless

Seventh-grader Evan Lopez wasn’t going to let the COVID-19 pandemic stop him from helping the homeless with a new pair of socks as the weather starts to cool down this holiday season.

The young philanthropist delivered 164 pairs of socks – one of the most requested items at homeless shelters – to the El Paso Rescue Mission over the weekend.

Evan had conducted socially-distant sidewalk drives with his Boy Scout Troop and promoted the drives during virtual at-home camp outs.

“I wanted to continue because I knew that people would not be able to help donate because so many are being affected by the pandemic,” Evan said. “So, I knew our most needy in El Paso would really need my help know more than ever, so I had more reason to have the sock drive.”

Evan initiated a sock drive three years ago as a fourth-grader at Nixon Elementary and plans to continue this holiday tradition indefinitely. Evan’s dad, Richardson librarian Victor Lopez, helped his son collect socks but credits Evan for the idea and its success.

“Evan is a kind soul,” Lopez said. “He has always been concerned with those that are less fortunate. This drive is an example of how he lives every day.”

Story by Reneé de Santos – EPISD
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