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 the nonprofit Socks for Seniors in Ohio 16 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 brand new pair of socks,” Coyne wrote in a press release. “Not only did it serve its purpose but it made the lady’s day.”
The program grew over the years, spreading across the country.
Participating is easy! Bring new socks to the Williston Observer offices, located at 330 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 330. The Observer’s new goal is to collect 200 or more pairs of soft, warm socks, which will be donated to long-term residents of area nursing homes. So far, 100 pairs have been donated.
– Observer staff