Socks for Sandy is the brainchild of Laura, a blogger located in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. (Read here storm story here.) In short, her neighborhood was spared, but just minutes from her home entire communities were wiped out including Mystic Island, Osborne Island, and Tuckerton Beach. She volunteered at a local shelter set up in a middle school and saw the dire need for socks with her own eyes. The temperatures dropped (and is still dropping) after Sandy subsided, and people are left walking barefoot in pop up shelters. Putting socks on cold feet signifies warmth and comfort, and we want to bring a small bit of goodness to what will be a long and difficult road to recovery in many parts of the northeast. Bloggers in the hometalk community are coming together to bring Socks to Sandy:
I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of Sandy’s aftermath on the news up and down the East Coast in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. According to this site, 17 million people were affected by Sandy, 8 million were without power, 100,000 have been displaced from their home and 109 have died. These 2 pictures were taken one week apart in the same spot at A1A and 14th, here in Fort Lauderdale. For me, these pictures put Sandy in perspective considering it was smaller when it passed FL and it really didn’t even “hit” us. The storm + full moon caused significant damage even here in FL.
My best friend and Andy’s little brother live in Manhattan where they were without power for one week and still do not have hot water. Just last night, gas was stolen out of my friend’s car parked in her building in TriBeca. A beloved summer community on Long Island where I’ve enjoyed many days crabbing, clamming, and frolicking in the sunshine was devastated. The bungalows were underwater, and are uninhabitable. The destruction is heart breaking.
Tragedy can strike at any moment. It’s super scary. Let’s help bring a little warmth and comfort to those affected by Sandy. Send socks, gloves, and hats to:
- New packages of underwear - all sizes from toddlers to adults
- New packages of sports bras – all sizes
- New packages of socks – yes, there is still a need for all types of socks, in all sizes for all ages
- New packages of thermal underwear - all sizes from kids to adults
- New packages of children’s pajamas – from toddlers on up
- New sweatpants for adults - preferably in neutral colors (black, grey, navy) that could be worn by women or men