When the idea to provide socks to the homeless came to me, it was not to do something great or even to start a charity. It was to take a difficult time in my life and do something for others - instead of feeling sorry for myself.
I created 12 gift bags filled with socks, water, snacks and sandwiches, with the intent of driving to downtown Dallas to distribute. I happened to share my plan with a friend who suggested that I should have someone accompany me. A great and sensible idea, so I posted on Facebook and asked for someone to tag along with me. To my shock, not only did folks volunteer, but I received TWELVE CARTONS OF FOOD. On the Friday night before that first Saturday delivery, almost 100 bags were prepared for the less privileged. Not all the bags contained socks.
Hitting the Road
On Saturday, my friend, her young son and I headed to downtown Dallas with the car loaded with gift bags. Every time we saw someone who looked like they could use some cheer, we pulled the car over and asked “Can we provide you with some holiday cheer?” The expressions on their faces brought a smile to my heart and sometimes tears to my eyes.
As we were driving and not seeing anyone, I suggested we make a left-hand turn and drive towards the bridge. When we did that, we saw crowds of homeless people and my heart stopped. We pulled the car over and in about 5 minutes our bags had been distributed. Just then, a gentleman came up to me and said “Miss, my friend received a pair of socks, do you have any more?” I hated to tell him no.
The Movement Grows
Upon returning home I posted the story on Facebook and asked friends if they ever found themselves with extra socks to mail them to me. In the next few months, I received over 200 pairs of socks, plus cash donations. I then connected with a charity which gave me hygiene bags. With all these donations, once again we went to downtown Dallas and distributed over 100 bags - this time each bag contained socks.
I researched the necessity of socks for the homeless. Our feet carry disease when they are not protected, and so the need is real. I found that there are few charities which provide socks to the homeless. I prayed on my thought to start a 501(c). One Sunday before church, I said “God, I need a sign that you want me to start a charity.” That day, the readings and homily were all about Matthew 25:36-40. “As you did to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Qualifies as a sign in my mind!
We Make it Official
With the help of friends, “A Pair of Socks” was founded. We provide socks and other essential needs to the homeless in the DFW metroplex. It may not seem like much, but I met a man who heard this story. He said, “I used to live under a bridge, and whenever I received a new pair of socks, I felt like I was again a part of the human race.”
If we can do that, one pair of socks at a time, then we have made the world a little bit better.
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