8-year-old school boy starts a charity to collect socks for the needy this winter

Following the recent Knysna fires, Aaron donated socks towards the needy in Knysna. Photo: Supplied


An eight-year-old school child from Montrose Primary School has started his own charity, collecting and distributing socks to the needy.

Aaron’s Rock Your Socks started on 28 March when Aaron Greenblatt read a story about a nine-year-old who was collecting shoes for the needy. Aaron asked how can you have shoes with no socks?

Lee Greenblatt, Aaron’s mother said, “This has had nothing to do with school. With our support, Aaron has essentially managed it himself.”

Soccer socks collected for Dukes Academy. Photo: Supplied

Lee said that his initial goal was to collect 1 000 pairs of socks but to date, he’s collected more than 7 000 pairs of socks.

Montrose Primary School is supporting him and will be holding a Sock Day to collect socks.

“We have donated to a wide range of charities and organisations who have made contact with us and one of Aaron’s favourite spots is Dukes Soccer Club from Alexandra Township,” said Lee. They hand out on a daily basis to needy people as they see them.

Aaron said he will continue with the project for the entire year and in summer they can collect school socks.

Soccer socks collected for Dukes Soccer Academy. A group of boys who walk from Alex to Innesfree every Saturday to play soccer with their coach. Photo: Supplied

“I have lots of friends who have given me socks and my friend Maliyah from school came with me to give socks to babies. That was a lot of fun and she enjoyed herself,” he said.

On helping the less fortunate he said, “I feel happy and proud to help people and build my legacy like Montrose taught me but sometimes it makes me sad to see how people live.”

Aaron said that one of the biggest challenges he faces is not having enough time to go to all the handouts, so his mother sometimes delivers the socks for him. “We always need more and more socks!”

A man at the Gautrain Station receives socks from Aaron. Photo: Supplied

His highlights include handing out the socks, “I like helping people but mostly the babies.”

If you would like to donate to Aaron’s Rock Your Socks, email [email protected]; 083 304 4440 or visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Aaronsrockyoursocks

Have you started your own charity project to help the needy? Share your stories with us on the Sandton Chronicle’s Facebook page.



Pieter Dempsey

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