A group of Fairfax County police officers are holding a sock drive after discovering some children in the community didn't have socks to wear during this winter.
Detective Carter Alsberry is collecting socks for boys and girls in the community. During cross-walk duty, Alsberry's colleague noticed a student without socks. The boy told the officer he didn't have any.
After speaking with several teachers and administrators, the officer found that many students came to school in similar situations because their families are unable to afford them.
Since then, the community has been a huge help, donating hundres of pairs of socks.
"I'm really impressed by the outpouring of people helping out with the situation. People are always in need and we're here to help in any way we can," said Alsberry. "Some people are embarassed or don't know how to approach someone in reference to needing help."
Socks can be dropped off or sent to the Fairfax County Police Department, Fair Oaks District Station about 2 miles from Fair Oaks Mall. Officers are asking for new socks that fit elementary school children.
Officers are collecting the socks until Monday, Jan. 1.