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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Homeless Need Socks

Socks!  Nothing fancy, but oh so very very necessary, so needed and so appreciated.  When  you have cold wet feet, you are miserable.  Think of folks out in the elements, or those in shelters waiting on buses...warming them with clean dry socks is truly essential and can make a difference in their health as well.

Came up with some interesting facts about socks doing several google searches.  Socks are needed to absorb sweat, the foot is the heaviest producer of sweat in your bdy and can produce 0.25 pints of perspiration a day.  Wow.  Wearing socks can decreased the danger of frostbite in cold temperatures.

The earlierst example of socks comes from Egypt.  They are on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum from excavations from Oxyrhynchus.  They are split toes, so that the socks  could be worn with sandals.

At times in history animal skins were tied around the foot at the ankle, matted animal hair was also used for added warmth.  In the 5th century "puttees" were worn by Europeans, by Holy people.  The word puttees, meaning pure.  Some time later, socks were worn by the wealthy, by nobility.

In 1589 with the invention of the knitting machine socks could be made 6 times faster then hand knit socks, but hand knitted socks and machine knitted socks were equals through the 1800's.

Socks are an item anyone can donate, you don't need to be a knitter or a crocheter to donate.  Socks are collected and donated from primarily men, some women.  The need for children and teens is not as great.  Socks should be store bought vs knitted or crocheted.

Donated Socks:
2011......333
2012......281 (-52 less then previous year
2013......415 (+134 more then previous year
2014......199 (-82 less then previous year

average 307 which is 108 less pairs then we donated in 2014.

All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

2 comments:

  1. Love all the interesting facts you have been posting this week. I know it is very hard for me to go to sleep with cold feet, even if the rest of me is warm. It would be awful to be homeless and not have a pair of socks on my feet.

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    1. Thanks for the visits and comments SSeger, glad to know you've been enjoying the info. So agree with you on the feet being cold.

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