A busload full of socks.
Two thousand dollars in gift cards.
Several large donations that come every year with the request that the givers remain mostly anonymous.
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Brown County Schools were the recipients of some big shows of generosity last week.
Thousands of socks came from For Bare Feet Originals, a company founded in Brown County in 1984 and run by a former teacher and counselor, Mandy Zellmer. Superintendent Laura Hammack drove to company headquarters in Martinsville to pick up thousands of pairs of socks to be given to local students.
“We were thrilled to be able to give back to a community that has supported FBF and our family for over 33 years,” Zellmer wrote on Hammack’s Facebook post announcing the donation. “Brown County will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
Jim Hammond of Creekside Retreat gave Brown County Schools $500 in gift cards to each of four schools: Helmsburg, Sprunica and Van Buren elementaries and Brown County Intermediate School. Building principals were to identify families in their buildings who could use the help, Hammack said.
Helmsburg Elementary’s PTO funded the purchase of $1,000 worth of gift cards, which Principal Kelli Bruner gave to families in need and used to buy specific items. The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department also gave $600; an anonymous person gave $600; and a couple bought clothes, toys and shoes for 18 students, which they do every year, Bruner said.
“Folks in our community wrap their arms around our boys and girls. We are so grateful!” Hammack said.