You may remember the "Blake's Birthday Blessing" event at Sibley's West in January 2019.
It was the inspiration of Blake Blaylark, a Litchfield Park student, who -- for his Jan. 21 birthday -- wanted his gifts to be a gift to others in the community.
He hoped to attract donations of 250 pairs of new socks.
He ended up with more than 1,000!
This year, for his 10th birthday, and in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Blake is holding another "Birthday Blessing" sock donation event from noon to 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sibley's West.
His goal is 1,000 pairs of new socks and he plans to deliver them to the needy on the MLK Jr. holiday.
If you can help, there is a bin already in place at Sibley's West into which you can contribute a donation. Or plan to visit on Jan. 18 and meet Blake.
After last year's event Blake and his family put together 200 "Blessings" bags with three pairs of socks, water and snacks and handed them out to the homeless in Downtown Phoenix.
Later in the year they distributed the rest to a local missionary society and to a nursing home.
"It makes me feel really good, to feel like I'm making a difference," said Blake, who is now a fourth-grader at Corte Sierra Elementary School. "It makes me happy to help others."
With the success and good feelings from last January, Blake spent 2019 collecting bottles and cans and saving money to purchase socks for this year's event.
He is looking forward to seeing everyone again this year on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sibley's West.
"I hope that one day the people I help can have an opportunity to help someone else," Blake said.
Blake Blaylark in 2020.
Blake and family at the 2019 sock-drive event.