Each year during the holiday season, the “Sock Tree” comes to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) office courtesy of California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #293.
The live Christmas tree, donated this year by Orchard Supply Hardware in Yorba Linda, is then decorated with donated socks from around the district throughout the month of December. Right before Winter Recess, CSEA executive officers deliver the tree to a PYLUSD family and give the socks to the district’s McKinney-Vento program.
This beloved tradition was inspired by former PYLUSD employee and CSEA executive board secretary, Gussie Morgan. One holiday season, Gussie and her coworkers were determined to donate much needed items, like socks and undergarments, to local charities and community services organizations. After organizing a sock drive, Gussie had the idea to display the donations on a tree. The Sock Tree has been a holiday staple at PYLUSD ever since.
Thank you for your generosity in donating socks, PYLUSD families!