Socktober: Why are we collecting NEW socks for those experiencing homelessness?
Many people donate old clothes to good causes but what about underwear and socks?
Socks are the most requested item of clothing from homeless people, but few people donate them. If you are asked what you do with your old underwear or socks, you’d probably say that you throw them out because they have worn out. People donate other clothing, but you would not think to donate your socks.
Socks are important for the overall health of your feet. As we go into the fall and winter months, socks can prevent cold feet and even frostbite. Many who are homeless walk miles in the cold and the damp, exposing their feet to all sorts of foot ailments: blisters, frostbite, fungus, and even more extreme health issues. Many homeless do not have clean, dry socks available.
If you are able to assist this Socktober, we would appreciate you considering donating NEW men’s, women’s, or children’s socks for toes in need. Hats and gloves are also needed.
Socks can be dropped off at:
Exemplar Care, 7300 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266