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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:19 am

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes new socks for seniors in communities all over the country. 

The holidays are a fun time of year with all the holiday work parties, family gatherings, meetings with old friends topped off with all the bells, whistles and hustle and bustle of the season.  It's the friendliest and most giving time of year but, for some it can also be a depressing time of year and our seniors can get lost in the shuffle.

Each year, thousands of lonely and financially challenged seniors struggle with the holiday blues. They dread facing the holiday season alone - some being without family or friends, some with the isolation of being a widow or widower. For some seniors just being away from children and grandchildren produces extreme loneliness that's exaggerated by festivities of the season.

Socks for Seniors and its volunteers have one priority this holiday season and that is to bring holiday cheer along with a pair of new socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our elderly seniors. The Socks for Seniors program benefits those living alone and in nursing homes and yes even those seniors that are homeless.  You can arrange a drive at your church, business or organization and just drop off to us.

Questions regarding local efforts including collection and distribution and to arrange local interviews and photos can be directed to Bert Miller of Navasota at 936 825 6789 or bertmiller@embarqmail.com. The Miller Insurance Agency, 220 E. Washington Ave. in Navasota, is the local collecting center for the program.

According to national organizer Jamie Coyne, Socks for Seniors began accidentally 12 years ago in Columbus, Ohio, when Coyne was visiting senior communities all over Ohio doing a music therapy program. 

“Often my wife, Kitty would go along and she got to know many of the residents.  One day she noticed that one lady who was normally in good spirits wasn’t quite herself.  When asked what the problem was she replied, ‘My feet are freezing.  If I just had a warm new pair of socks to keep my feet warm!’  Her socks were in bad shape,” said Coyne. “They were worn out and had holes in them.  The solution seemed simple and my wife then left only to return a few minutes later with a new brand new pair of socks.”

Coyne said, not only did it serve its purpose but it made the lady’s day. 

“We learned quickly that you can’t do for just one; others in the dining room that day took notice and wanted a pair of socks too,” said Coyne “Easy enough, during our next visit we took socks for everyone and Socks for Seniors was born.” 

The program grew slowly over several years as people would hear about it. In 2011, Coyne decided with some effort it could grow into a national program one area at a time and it is currently in over 300 cities nation-wide. If a volunteer doesn’t have an outlet in mind the national program will network to connect them with one. 

“It’s easy to get started,” said Coyne. “It only takes one person, one box and one location to get a program running and it doesn’t take time or money.  We neither take or make money from the program.  We don’t collect money, we collect socks.  We like for all socks to stay in the local communities in which they are collected.”  

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the history and mission of the program including photos, you can contact the national office at www.socksforseniors.com or contact Jamie Coyne at jamie@socksforseniors.com or call 615-787-SOCK (7625).

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