Provide socks to the homeless this holiday season!
Each year, under the leadership of Ben Mondragon, Southtowne collects thousands of new socks and underwear, which are distributed to the very poor and homeless. In 2012, Ben Mondragon accepted the Boxer award from Terry McDonald, the very successful Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County. Many of us have been very inspired by Terry’s description of his many innovative programs, which he has described during several Southtowne presentations. The Boxer award isn’t (just) a pun on shorts. It alludes to a holiday in Great Britain called Boxing Day, which celebrates the gifting to others less fortunate. Terry said that Southtowne has collected a mountain of socks and underwear and displayed a socks and underwear representation mirroring the Coburg Hills as seen from his office. “For many people living on the streets or in poverty, clean underwear and dry socks are a luxury. Distributing these items to people in need is a small way to give them some dignity back.”
Sock-It-To-Me has been a Southtowne Rotary project for the last 10 years. To date, we have collected more than 110,000 pairs of socks and underwear.
Socks are the number one item requested by people in need. We start our campaign on Thanksgiving Day and deliver these items a few days prior to Christmas. Please help Southtowne continue to help those in need by making a donation to this great project.