Socks from Santa Holiday Sock Drive & Event
On any given night, there are up to 5,700 people that are homeless in Maricopa County, 38% of which are families with children. As the state’s largest shelter and supportive services provider to homeless in Arizona, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), served an average of 577 individuals every night last year, providing homeless adults and families with a clean, safe place to sleep, access to meals, showers, hygiene supplies, clothing and laundry facilities.
At homeless shelters like CASS and others across the country, the single most needed and least donated clothing item is socks. Why socks? Unlike other clothing items such as shirts and pants, most adults wear their socks until they are literally worn out and therefore cannot be donated. While children usually outgrow their socks before they wear them out, many people don’t think to donate children’s socks. Imagine walking countless miles on the streets each day with ill-fitting shoes and socks that have more holes than material. The pain is great and the risk of more severe foot ailments and infection becomes even higher during cold weather.
A pair of socks can make a huge difference in the comfort, health and self-esteem of a homeless person.”Families and individuals often come to CASS with a pair of socks that they have been wearing for weeks or none at all. It makes a great difference to be able to provide a new pair of socks for comfort and dignity.” shares J. David Smith, communications manager at CASS.
To help, Families Giving Back and Raising Arizona Kids Magazine have teamed up to host “ Socks from Santa,” a holiday sock drive and volunteer event benefitting Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).
Between December 1st-14th, we are asking Valley residents to collect new adult and new and gently used children’s socks and drop them off at participating businesses across the Valley. Then, on Dec. 17th, Families Giving Back and Raising Arizona Kids Magazine will be hosting a “wrapping event,” where volunteers will organize the donated socks and “wrap them” with handmade notes. The socks will be donated to CASS to distribute to the homeless at their shelters. See below for more information!
Socks from Santa Community Partners:
Our goal is to collect 5,000 socks for the homeless.
To do this, we need your help.
HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN HELP
Collect Socks for the Homeless
1- Getting involved is as easy as collecting new adult socks (men’s long tube socks are recommended) and children’s new and gently used socks to donate.
Click here to view/print instruction sheet.
This is a great opportunity to get your family, friends, school groups, Girl/Boys Scout troops, and neighbors involved by holding your own sock drive! The more people that participate, the more people we’ll be able to help!
2-Families have the option of filling pairs of socks with a non-perishable snack such as a granola bar and decorating notecards to tie around the socks with ribbon. Click on the icon to view/print the at-home project instruction sheet.
3- Between December 1st-14th, drop off your sock donations at any of our community partner’s locations (listed below) during normal business hours. Look for the Families Giving Back Socks from Santa collection box.
Sock Donation Drop off Locations:
We will be giving prizes to the families and groups that collect the most socks! To be considered, email us with your name/name of group, total # of pairs of socks, and a photo of the volunteers and the socks (if possible.)
Check out some of the great prizes!
Socks from Santa Volunteer Event
Date/Time: Saturday, December 17th from 10-11am
Location: Saints Simon & Jude Catholic School, 6351 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017
In the weeks leading up to the event, volunteers will collect new adult and new and gently used children’s socks for our sock drive. We are asking each family/group to bring a minimum of 10 pairs of new socks to the event. At the event, volunteers will sort and organize all of the socks we’ve collected from our Socks from Santa holiday sock drive. Volunteers will “wrap” pairs of socks with a handmade card tied with ribbon. All of the socks will be boxed and loaded on the truck to be given to Central Arizona Shelter Services to distribute to the homeless in their shelters.
All of the spots for this event have been filled. However, more spots may open up. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, email us with your name and number of people that would like to be added to the waiting list and we will contact you should spots become available.
For the shift specifically for Raising Arizona Kids Magazine readers, click below (please note the different event time)
If you aren’t able to drop off a donation of socks or attend our event, you can still help by making a donation online.
Are you interested in working with a team of talented individuals who want to help raise the next generation of philanthropists and better our community?
With the support of our many volunteers and nonprofit partners, Families Giving Back continues to grow at a staggering pace! We’re looking to expand our team so we can make an even bigger impact in our community in the future. Whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we have many volunteer opportunities to help in a variety of capacities! Some areas of involvement include:
- Volunteer Outreach/Recruitment (schools, school groups such as Girls Scouts/Boy Scouts, sports teams, etc.)
- Event planning, preparation & on-site supervision
- Communications (Newsletter & website content, etc.)
- PR & Social Media
If you are interested in becoming more involved in Families Giving Back and would like information on existing opportunities, please email us! We’d love to hear from you and share more about how you can get involved!