It all started with an obsession.
Socks, socks, and more socks. I have 4 different drawers filled with socks, to be exact. Oh – we are talking about my obsession by the way. Fluffy socks, athletic socks, knee-highs, socks with capybaras on them, socks hand knitted by my grammie … you name the socks, I most likely have it.
I have socks, though, & I recently found out how lucky I was to even have 1 pair.
I’ll never forget the days following this year’s election. The social media world was an emotional blood bath. There was disgusting name calling, accusations, and cringe-worthy arguments I couldn’t even look at for 2 seconds.
The worst part about it? I couldn’t escape it. While many of us had the luxury of taking a break from social media, that’s my career, so even though I wasn’t directly involved, the hate was right in my face.
We are wasting so much time complaining, crying, and producing hate over something we cannot control (right now…you can control the next election.) So why can’t we use our time wisely, doing things we can control … like giving back to those in need.
That is exactly what I chose to do. I cut out the
hate I saw and chose to overshadow it with doing good.
I immediately thought about socks…don’t ask me why, but that just popped into my head when I was thinking about what I could do. At first I thought about starting my own charity but after doing some research, I realized it took too much time, and I wanted to make a difference immediately.
The Joy of Sox, is an organization I found with a simple Google search, and it truly blew me away. Did you know that the homeless may receive clothing donations regularly, but those donations rarely contain socks?
“Socks can be more important than food. ” -The Joy of Sox Testimonial
Wow – my sock filled drawers now made me feel extremely grateful & I knew I needed to assist this organization.
On December 2nd, 2016, I held a Sock Hop at the Verona Inn in Verona, NJ. I was in great company, surrounded by friends, family, and even people I met that night. I only brought one large plastic bin with me, but by the end of the evening, it was overflowing with socks! We also had monetary donations which helped us get even more pairs.
I was so excited about the event and my excitement only grew when I had more donations waiting for me afterwards from family, friends, and even some of my coworkers!
One small idea turned into a powerful and impactful initiative. As of right now, right this second, I am BEYOND proud to announce that with the help of my amazing family, friends, and coworkers, we collected 227 pairs of socks.
I am humble, knowing that I always surround myself with incredible people, but I am also completely shocked that I was able to pull something like this off.
Thank you, to everyone that was able to help me with this amazing opportunity.
And to all those who could not be a part of this, for any reason, I challenge you to put your needs/wants/desires aside for just a minute, and think of those in need.