It was Jan 1, 2015, the first day of a new year. I had gotten off work earlier that morning from working a New Years Eve show the night before. It was a cold day and as I started my day I began my normal routine, eat breakfast, shower and get dressed. As I was putting on a new pair of socks that I got for Christmas, like I had done so many times before, I thought to myself this is one of the best feelings on the earth. I mean, who doesn't love the feeling of a pair of new socks? As I put the socks on an overwhelming feeling of gratitude came over me, I was just so thankful for new socks and I kept thinking I am just so lucky to be able to have these new socks. Sounds a bit over the top for a pair of socks right? I thought so too, until I began thinking about all the homeless men women and children who don't have the luxury of putting on new socks very often, if ever.
So that sparked an idea.
In 11 days was going to be my birthday, my family always asks me what I want and I often tell them either nothing or I don't know, which they love. So I thought what if this year I ask them for socks and I will donate them. I have always had compassion and a desire to help the homeless but never really did anything about it up until then. As I thought more about it I started to dream bigger, so I decided to reach out to my Facebook friends to see if anyone else would want to help, and I set a goal to raise 400 pairs of socks in 10 days.
As the days went on messages poured into my Facebook account, people were wanting to be a part of it and were sending socks in from all over the United States, within days we had blown by my goal of 400 pairs of socks. I also began doing research on places to donate to in the Orange County area, I really wanted to effect my local community, and I found Marys Kitchen a place where the homeless could get 2 meals, a shower and some supplies, I loved the story of this organization and so I decided I would donate the socks there. I also had met Tyron Jackson running an organization called Operation Warm Wishes that also help the homeless in the Orange County area he is an amazing guy and knew I wanted to help him as well.
At the end of the 10 days we had collected 1500 pairs of socks that we split between 2 great organizations. The night before we delivered them my friends and family got together and we packaged 2 pairs of socks in a ziploc baggy and left a note inside for each person that was going to get the socks. Both Marys Kitchen and Operation Warm Wishes were so thankful and excited for the gift that we brought them.
Socks are the most needed and least donated item to homeless shelters and Ive decided I want to help with that. So each year on my birthday I am collecting socks and donating them to Marys Kitchen. If you'd like to help click here to see how.