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Floyd Academy Hosts Sock Drive to Benefit Homeless

Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least often donated.

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(L to R): Floyd Academy teacher Dawn Battaglia, students Mackenzie Wood, Evan DiGiovanna, Sincere Booker and Floyd Academy principal John DeBenedetto.

Photo by: William Floyd School District

Mastic Beach, NY - January 3, 2019 - Career Development and Occupational Studies students in the Floyd Academy recently held a sock drive to help the homeless and those in need of emergency housing this winter season. Altogether, thanks to the generosity of the Floyd Academy school-community, 625 pairs of new socks were collected for those in need of assistance. The socks will be donated to Nana’s House in Mastic and the HALO Network of Services in Shirley. Floyd Academy teacher Dawn Battaglia was instrumental in overseeing this drive.
Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least often donated. According to a recent report by the Suffolk County Legislature’s Welfare to Work Commission, there were 3,868 homeless people on Long Island (June 2018).
“These socks will go a long way toward helping those in need in our community this winter season,” said John DeBenedetto, Principal, Floyd Academy. “I commend Ms. Battaglia and the students for coming together to provide a great and often overlooked need.”