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Spirit of Acadiana: Ben's Sox Box

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 23:42:09-05

Philanthropists come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the simplest work can make a big difference.

This Spirit of Acadiana is about the power of socks - socks come in all shapes, colors, and textures, but most importantly this story is about a young boy named Ben Vaussine, a 12-year-old from Our Lady of Fatima School.

Why does he do what he does?

"A year ago, I saw an ABC News report...the most needed thing for homeless in the winter. And it said that it was socks. And socks are easy to collect. So I decided to do a charity project on socks."

And our good friends at ARCH and Catholic Charities will tell you that Lafayette has a sizable homeless population. All the way from men, children, women. So socks will do a lot of good.

Ben's goal is 750, and he's collected 500.

And there are still a few days to go until the end of the week.

What's the 12-year-old's message to other young people about how they can make a difference?

"Basically other 12-year-olds don't have the energy. What I mean by that is they just give up and decide to go do something else. So basically, just don't give up."

A lot of times making a difference is often about way more than the large check. It can be as simple as a pair of socks.

New socks for Ben's Sox Box can be dropped off at Acadiana Karate, CPN Massage, Lemoine Company, or Notary Toute Suite by the end of the week.

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