Ken Steinhardt, of The Orange County (CA) REGISTER covered the sock pass out that Eliza Clark orchestrated.
Eliza Clark of Newport Beach helped improve the comfort of homeless people in Santa Ana, Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, as she and 11 volunteers passed out hundreds of pairs of new socks to those living around the Civic Center Plaza of the Flags.
Clark distributed the socks as part of her internship with the nonprofit The Joy of Sox®. She learned about the organization while studying Peace and Justice, with a minor in Communications, at Villanova University, where she’s now a senior. She earned the internship following a thank you letter she wrote after volunteering.
“I found homelessness frustrating,” said Clark, 21. “You don’t want to donate your old socks when going through your clothing because they’re dirty and gross. There’s a need for clean new socks among the homeless. Our goal is everyone has clean socks.”
Clark and her volunteers distributed the bundle of 597 new socks in about 15 minutes after being surrounded when they arrived at the plaza.
In return, they received many “Happy Thanksgiving” wishes.
The Joy of Sox is very grateful to Hyland’s in LA for donating the new socks that were given to the homeless.
The Joy of Sox® is a Philadelphia-based 501(c )(3) nonprofit with the mission of giving joy to the homeless by giving them new socks. Their vision is to be able to give six pairs of new socks to every homeless person in the United States several times a year. Founded in 2010 they have given over 246,200 pairs of new socks (almost a quarter of a million pairs!) to the homeless in 31 states and four countries. For more information please visit www.TheJoyOfSox.org.