An 11-year-old boy became determined to do something to help homeless people, after seeing many sitting out in the cold in Edinburgh one evening while walking home.
Joseph Cox decided to collect socks and donate them to the homeless, as he wanted to find a small way he could improve their day.
“Seeing those people made me really sad,” Joseph told HuffPost “I asked my mum if we could do something to help them.
“Everyone is a person who deserves to be happy and sometimes simple things like a smile, a chat and a pair of new socks can really brighten someone’s day.”
Joseph’s mum, Anna Cox, 39, said she wasn’t surprised at all when Joseph said he wanted to do something to help homeless people.
Joseph started Socks For The Street in September 2017, when he did a callout for people to donate new socks at drop-off points around Edinburgh.
He publicized this through posters and word of mouth, and aimed to run the project for a few months.
Once he had received enough donations, Joseph and his mum started to hand out the socks to the homeless people on the streets in Edinburgh.