Hundreds of feet will be staying warm thanks to the 13th Sock It to Me Drive, which received more than 1,000 pairs of socks this year.
Baton Rouge Parents Magazine sponsors the annual collection in collaboration with East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations. Local churches including Family of Faith Community Church and Progressive Baptist Church also joined the effort.
This year’s drive ran Nov. 1-30 and netted 1,083 pairs of socks across 14 libraries. Progressive Baptist Church chipped in a monetary donation as well, which was used to buy more than 50 pairs of socks.
The new, unworn socks will be distributed to area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and Bethany House, a facility for cancer patients at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.
Socks are the most requested and least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters, a news release said.
“Socks are a basic need because they provide both warmth and comfort. Unfortunately, we often see homeless people wearing shoes without socks. Our goal is that through this Sock It to Me Drive, we will put socks on many of those feet and spread a little comfort this frosty holiday season,” Head of Children’s Services Pabby Arnold said.