Socks for those living homeless

For: Chicago, Chambana, Peoria, Indianapolis and St. Louis.
Urbana, IL
Organizer: Lover Your Neighbor
Socks for those living homeless (Chicago, Chambana, Peoria, Indianapolis and St. Louis.)
of $6,300 goal
89% Complete
Raised by 34 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Update 05/14/2017: 1,000 pairs of socks were distributed in Springfield.

Update 03/26/2017: 1,000 pairs of socks were distributed in Decatur.

Update 02/26/2017: 1,200 pairs of socks were distributed in Peoria.

Update 02/20/2017: 1,000 pairs of socks were distributed in Champaign-Urbana.

Update 02/12/2017: 1,200 pairs of socks were distributed in St. Louis.

Update 01/29/2017: 1,245 pairs of socks were distributed in Chicago.

Update 01/15/2017: 1,445 pairs of socks were distributed in Indianapolis.

Update 12/19/2016: Socks have been delivered. See photo in photo gallery.

Update 11/30/2016: We have purchased 9,000 pairs of socks.

Update 11/15/2016: We're going to push for another week to try to reach 10,000 pairs of socks. The cost per pair is ~$0.60 and the new fundraising goal reflects that plus shipping costs. Thanks.

Update 11/4/2016: The cost for socks has increased this year and we are looking for a new supplier. As of now the lowest quote we have gotten is for $0.60 per pair plus shipping. We have updated the fundraising goal accordingly.

We are receiving donations to buy 7,500 pairs of winter socks. These will be distributed during the next few months to homeless individuals in the cities of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, Indianapolis and St. Louis. Our cost will allow us to give approximately 20 pairs of socks for every $10 you give. Your donations to this cause are tax deductible (see below).

This is not more complicated than that. If you’re ready to give, please click the red “Donate Now” button above (and to the right). If you need more information, please read along or contact the organizers.

Who are we? Simply, a group of friends who have a concern for the homeless and who are expanding our outreach to those in need. We have a history of serving the homeless and one way we’ve done so is by distributing essential items such as gloves, underwear, coffee, sandwiches, etc. in numerous occasions, cities and countries.

Tax exemption: We have recently established a charitable organization "Love Your Neighbor" and have received exemption from federal income tax. All donations through this page are eligible to be deducted as a charitable contribution. Further, donors giving $250 or more will receive a written acknowledgement of the contribution from our organization. For more information email us at agr 'at'

As part of the mission outlined above, we’re looking to partner with others and raise awareness to the needs of others in our communities... yes, practical needs which together we can fulfill. Note that the organizers are personally funding ~40% of the cost of this campaign.

Why socks? In our experience socks (and of course, other forms of clothing such as blankets and underwear) are items the homeless invariably need during the winter. Just imagine (better, try) spending an hour or two with no socks under freezing temperatures.

Obviously, socks are only one of many items the homeless need. Please don’t let such observation stop you from doing something (e.g., giving to our cause)… rather, let this prompt you to do more.

For those curious about the numbers: We plan to distribute 7,500 pairs -- we know from experience this is a number we can handle (with some help, more on this below). These will be roughly equally allocated among the 5 cities mentioned above (with Champaign-Urbana likely getting the smallest number due to its small population). At 56 cents a pair (including shipping, handling and other costs) we’re looking at a fundraising goal of $4,200.

Want to help? Please start by giving. Want to do more? Great. We can definitely use help distributing socks in different locations. Please leave a comment or contact the organizers if you want to get involved.

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Please visit our fundraising pages from previous years if you want to read more about our campaigns:

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