Update 12/07/14:All socks have been distributed. Yesterday over 1,500 pairs were handed out in St. Louis.
Update 12/01/14:Another 400 pairswere distributed in Chicago. The last major distribution is planned for next weekend in St. Louis.
Update 11/09/14: 1,790 pairs were distributed in Indianapolis and 200 pairs in Chicago. Also, 200 pairs were handed to the homeless ministry of a church in Chicago.
Update 11/02/14: 1,250 pairs were distributed in Champaign-Urbana and 150 pairs in Chicago.
Update 10/18/14: 1,500 pairs of socks were distributed in the Chicago area yesterday. These are in addition to the 6,000 pairs we're getting through this fundraiser. You may see a few pictures of yesterday's acitivity in the gallery. There was quite a bit of excitement around socks!
We're almost fully funded but could use a few more dontations. Thanks everyone for the support!
Update 10/07/2014: We have purchased the socks! Please keep the donations coming until we reach our fundraising goal.
The fundraising goal has been raised to reflect:
1. Having bought 34x180 = 6,120 pairs of socks due to our provider selling multiples of 180 pairs.
2. Overhead associated with receiving payments through WePay.
We are receiving donations to buy 6,000 pairs of winter socks. These will be handed out before the winter starts to homeless individuals in the cities of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Indianapolis and St. Louis. Our cost will roughly allow us to give 20 pairs of socks for every $10 you give.
This is not much more complicated than that. If you’re ready to give, please click the “Give now” link above and to the left. 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 looking to expand the reach of our outreach to those in need. We have a history of reaching out to the homeless and one way we’ve done so is by handing out gloves, underwear, coffee, sandwiches, etc. in numerous occasions, cities and countries.
As part of the above, we’re looking to involve others and raise awareness to the fact that people right next to you have needs... yes, practical needs which you can fulfill. Note that we are funding personally over 50% 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 have a need for 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 things the homeless need. Please don’t let such observation stop you from doing something (e.g., giving to our cause)… rather, let this inspire you to do more.
For those curious about the numbers: We plan to hand out 6,000 pairs-- we know from experience this is a number we can handle (with some help, more on this below). These will be roughly equally distributed among the 4 citiesmentioned above (with Champaign-Urbana likely getting the smallest number due to its small population). At 54 cents a pair(including shipping, handling and other costs) we’re looking at a $3,240 fundraising goal (please see updates section for information on fundraising goal change).
Want to help? Please start by giving. Want to do more? Great. We’ll definitely need help handing out socks in the different locations. Please leave a comment or contact the organizers if you want to get involved.
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