Why Socktober?

My father-in-law has a number of life-truths that he adheres to and shares regularly.  One of his most strongly-held beliefs is, “If your feet aren’t comfortable, you aren’t comfortable.” I would add to this truth, “If your feet aren’t warm, then you aren’t warm.”

That is why we are collecting socks in October to share with our unhoused neighbors and friends. We are just beginning to get hints of colder weather here in Arkansas, but we know that it will come. We Southerners are pretty wimpy about cold weather, so we understand (or at least think we understand) how miserable it must be to weather such weather in the out-of-doors.

There are many things we can do to help out our homeless neighbors, but one of the easiest is to make sure everyone has warm socks. You can pick up a pair of socks just about anywhere, and it won’t break your budget. A very simply and inexpensive item can make a huge difference to someone who spends most of their life outside.

So, if you’re a member of our church, bring your socks to church. If you’re an Argenta neighbor, most of the businesses in our neighborhood have collection bins for socks out right now. If you’re not anywhere near North Little Rock, Arkansas, take some socks to your local shelter.

There are many, many problems in our world that don’t have easy fixes. Cold feet isn’t one of them. Pick up some socks today.

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