Photo by Christopher Toy

Story submitted by Larry Rowe

We use the socks donated by Hanes on outreach night when we pass out sandwiches to homeless people.

It’s something you have to see to believe. Even though the folks we serve (my formerly-homeless self included!) may have greater needs such as shelter or food, they get so excited when offered a new pair of socks.

It may seem trivial, but if you think about it, nothing feels as good as a new pair of socks. Keep in mind, homeless people’s feet can be damaged from dirty socks or no socks at all, or simply by the consequences of poor hygiene.

Socks give you a sense of comfort. It sounds silly, but it’s true. For a while we didn’t have any socks to distribute and our target population was very disappointed.

Because of the Hanes donation, we are sending out socks for homeless people on outreach night on a weekly basis. And we’re seeing a lot of happy smiles again.

We also use the socks in our clothing room. One of the greatest thing about the Hanes donation is that we can cover the whole families’ need in San Francisco because the socks come in different sizes.

I can relate to the need, because my my mom was a single parent whose sole income came from government assistance. For a low-income family, socks are probably last of the list of needs. When you factor in school clothes and school supplies, rising cost of food and gas, often socks cannot take priority on a family’s list of needs.

Larry Rowe and other soldiers and volunteers from The Salvation Army Lighthouse Corps do weekly outreach to homeless men and women in the city of San Francisco. And in his role as our Family Services Operations Manager, Larry helps low-income families with the essentials of life: food, clothing, shelter and socks!

>>>> <<<< Click here to read more about the Hanes Virtual Sock Drive which provided The Salvation Army across the US with 250,000 pairs of socks this year!

Thank you Hanes for helping us meet the basic needs of the homeless people and low-income families we serve at The Salvation Army in San Francisco and all across the country.

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