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, which will be displayed for all to see beginning December 2, will be decorated with donated socks from all around the District.
Right before Winter Recess, CSEA executive officers will deliver the tree to a PYLUSD family and gift the socks to the District’s McKinney-Vento program. McKinney Vento benefits students who are living in transitional housing situations such as doubled or tripled up with other families for economic reasons, or living in homeless shelters, campgrounds, or cars.
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.
If you or someone you know is interested in donating to this worthy cause, please drop off new, unwrapped socks to the PYLUSD Office located at 1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave. Placentia, CA 92870.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, PYLUSD!