Working for nonprofits over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn about folks in a variety of circumstances. The scope of need across our community ranges from housing for homeless women with children to reading tutors for adults, and the list goes on. The need that caught me off guard a few years ago was: socks.
I never really thought about it, but socks are a big deal for homeless people. The homeless spend a lot of time on their feet in all kinds of weather. And wearing cold, wet socks can cause serious problems like frostbite or trench foot. If you tour Swope Health Service’s Mobile Medical Unit, you’ll find a big pile of socks just inside the door. Hey, docs and socks? Not bad.
Swope Health Systems has an annual Socks & Hops event. This year it’s at 7 pm on November 12 at the City Market. There will be a variety of local craft beers and sodas to taste, and locally prepared gourmet foods. There will be drawings for prizes and a Mobile Medical Unit to tour. Tickets can still be purchased at swopehealth.org.
Next time someone asks you to walk in another person’s shoes, think about walking in their socks, too.
Socks image courtesy Flickr Creative Commons (star athena).