CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It all started with a desire to help other people. Now, sisters Raegan and Avery Cupp are surrounded by more socks than they've ever seen in their 12 and 10-year-old lives.
"It started off as 'Socktober,' and we said, 'we should collect socks,'" Raegan said.
Raegan met up with comedian Ricky Smith at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. Smith was promoting his social media movement, Random Acts of Kindness Everyday, or #RAKE.
Raegan and her sister Avery were inspired, and created a hashtag of their own, #Raeganswish. Raegan was diagnosed as a child with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It's a sometimes debilitating illness, but it's inspired Raegan and her sister to want to help others.
Their sock campaign was launched in early October.
"At first we got 100 pairs of socks and we decided we'd try to get 500," Avery said. The goal kept increasing as the socks kept pouring in from all over the country.
Now, the sisters sit among a pile of more than 2,600 pairs of socks for men, women and children.
"Once you see the people's reaction to random acts of kindness it just makes you want to keep doing it," Raegan said.
The sisters often perform such acts for people, though their socks campaign certainly tops anything else.
"We plan on taking them to the local homeless shelters and schools," Avery said.
Inspired by plain on kindness, and ushered on by the same, the girls say they'll keep collecting socks all winter or as long as they keep coming in.