THANK YOU to all City employees and visitors who donated to this year’s City Sock Drive. We collected 602 socks, 43 scarves, 56 gloves, 35 hats, 4 slippers, 4 clothing articles, and 113 diapers.
Special thanks to Sock It To Me, who once again partnered with the City's effort to provide warm socks to folks living outside. Carrie Atkinson, Founder of this great local business, donated 768 pairs of her wonderful socks to Janus Youth, 456 pairs to Street Roots, and 672 pairs to Transition Projects. Please support Sock It To Me! They have some really awesome socks.
With Sock It To Me's huge donation, plus City employees' generosity, the total number of socks donated in December 2016 were 2,498. 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, vehicles, or doubled up with relatives in Portland. Below, staff from Janus Youth, volunteer sorter Carmen, Janine Gates who led the project this year, and a happy Commissioner who is truly grateful for all the wonderful City staff and visitors who once more gave clothes as warm as their hearts.