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10-year old local boy collects "Socks for Seniors"

(WEAU) - With the holiday season upon us, one 10-year-old boy has looked into warming the hearts of others.

10-year-old Christopher Jahnke has been collecting socks for his friends at the Convalescent Center in Rice Lake the past few weeks. When asked what his Christmas wish would be, he said peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

It was a day of smiles and thanks when 10-year-old Christopher Jahnke gave warm pairs of new socks to 62 seniors at the Convalescent Center.

"People would be asking me why aren't you like normal kids? Why aren't you outside playing in the snow and on your sled like that and I'm like I want to help. I want to help these people," said Jahnke.

It was an idea that stemmed from Christopher's grandma. She saw there was a nationwide program called "Socks for Seniors" that’s been around the past 12 years and the idea fit his big heart perfectly.

"I received a phone call from his mom to see if we wanted to partake in this charity and we were happy to do so because the residents absolutely love getting socks," said Angie Parenteau, Activity Director of the Rice Lake Convalescent Center.

"They have no socks during the winter. I thought I just can't let them going around with no socks on with their feet cold,” said Jahnke. (*Note: Be assured, previous to his visit, the residents did have socks previously. But, thanks to his generosity they now have more.)

So he decided to put collection boxes at 10 different locations around Rice Lake.

Until finally, it was the day to pick the socks up to deliver.

"It’s just amazing. It’s just happy. I cannot believe how many hearts I touched,” said Jahnke.

Christopher says his goal was to collect about 124 pairs of socks. He ended up collecting about 190 pairs of socks and next year he wants to collect 1000 more pairs of socks.

"It’s amazing that a 10-year-old boy would think to want to help out and be so unselfish to help out seniors at Christmas time," said Parenteau.

Although it’s his first year collecting socks, he says he can't wait to help them again next year.

"He's got a great personality and I feel he will be a part of us forever, " said Parenteau.


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