THANK YOU to all the City employees and visitors who donated to this year's City Sock Drive, and to Jasmine Wadsworth, Cristina Nieves, and the staff in Facilities Services. We collected 807 pairs of socks, plus 4 jackets, 17 hats, 13 scarves and 17 pairs of gloves.
This is what 807 pairs of socks looks like, in three 18" x 18" x 24" moving boxes.
Special thanks to Sock It To Me, who once again partnered with me to provide thousands of warm, woolly knee socks to folks living outside. Carrie Atkinson, Founder of this great local business, delivered 750 pairs of her wonderful socks to Janus Youth, 750 pairs to Street Roots, and 750 pairs to Transition Projects. Please support Sock It To Me! This is their stand at Powell's on Burnside:
With Sock It To Me's huge donation, plus City employees' generosity, the total number of pairs of socks donated this year is 3,057. It is sobering to recognize that this wonderful number in the context of warm-hearted donations still may not be enough to provide one pair of clean dry socks to everyone living outside, in shelters, in vehicles, or doubled up with relatives in Portland. The Council continues to work hard to provide meaningful, long-term solutions for ending houselessness and promoting affordable housing. In the meantime, I am grateful to everyone who made this holiday season a little less grim for our neighbors living outside.