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November 13, 2012 > Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors

By Isabella Ohlmeyer

Brian Tracy once said, "Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others." Share love by donating socks through Socks for Seniors in their 10th annual Sock Drive, now through December 23.

Community leaders, volunteers, and dedicated families have been involved with Socks for Seniors for ten years, watching it become a nationwide network. Since 2002, over 250 communities worldwide have teamed up with Socks for Seniors, opening their hearts to volunteering, sock distributions, and sponsoring sock hops.

Organization founder Kitty Coyne said, "We have one priority this season and that is to bring holiday cheer along with a new pair of socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our elderly seniors."

The Socks for Seniors Program encourages individuals to not only personally donate socks, but to become involved in a sock drive. It all starts with one person, a box, and a location. The socks will stay in the local Fremont area. If volunteers have a nursing home, assisted living center or other senior community in mind for distribution, that is great news. If not, Socks for Seniors will help connect those eager volunteers with a local senior community for distributing the socks at the end of the sock drive.

Program area coordinators are encouraged to create a theme for their sock drive as well as take pictures of their decorated sock boxes and event sites. "It is fun to collect the funkier, holiday style socks you can find, along with traditional tube socks as well," Coyne said.

The holidays can be a bittersweet time for seniors who feel lonesome, so bring joy to their hearts and uplift their spirits with a kind donation of socks.

For more information or to register local churches, senior centers or civic groups in a sock drive, visit

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