November 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Orangevale boy, 11, inspires and encourages others as he gathers thousands of pairs of socks for the homeless

This is Matthew Johnson’s fourth year on the sock-gifting circuit. Ever since he was 4, he’d shown an affinity for the poor. That’s when his mother first noticed him crying at the sight of a nonprofit organization’s TV commercial showing malnourished and ailing children in Africa.

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