September 26, 2018

Observer organizes third annual Socks for Seniors ‘sock drive’

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbaum
The Observer is hoping this box gets filled with 175 new pairs of socks as part of it’s Socks for Seniors ‘sock drive’.

The Williston Observer is partnering with Socks for Seniors for the third consecutive year to help bring holiday cheer and winter warmth to local seniors.

Socks for Seniors is a nonprofit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes new socks for seniors in communities all over the country.

The holidays can be a difficult time of year for lonely and financially challenged seniors who get lost in the shuffle, according to Jamie Coyne, Socks for Seniors founder.

Coyne said he started Socks for Seniors in Ohio 17 years ago, after visiting a senior community and talking to a woman who told him that her feet were freezing.

“Her socks were in bad shape. They were worn out and had holes in them. The solution seemed simple and my wife then left only to return a few minutes later with a new pair of socks,” Coyne said. “Not only did it serve its purpose, but it made the lady’s day.”

Marianne Apfelbaum, co-owner of the Williston Observer, who also publishes Vermont Maturity magazine, said it is an easy way for the company to pitch in around the holidays locally.

“We’ve worked with the senior population for more than 20 years, and we try to support seniors in any way we can,” she said. “We had a great response last year from Williston residents and businesses, and I hope history will repeat itself this year!”

Bring new, soft and comfortable socks to the Williston Observer offices, located at 330 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 330.

The Observer’s goal is to collect 175 pairs of soft, warm socks by Dec. 15, which will be donated to long-term residents of at least two area nursing homes. If more socks are donated, the Observer will be able to serve more local nursing homes.

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