Socktober is here! Donations welcome

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Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients of Housing Forward and other organizations.

It’s our fourth year participating in Socktober. In 2018, thanks to your generosity, we collected 268 pairs of socks, along with a box of travel-size toiletries, several packages of underwear, shoes, boots, and quite a few backpacks.

“I’m so proud of our community and how much love was shown. It was really great to hear caregivers talking to kids about how we can help take care of each other, and to hear kids reminding their grown-ups that they needed to put more socks on the shopping list,” said Elementary School Services Librarian Genevieve Grove.

Last year, we had some patrons reveal that they could use some socks, and we were happy to let them take right from the box for themselves and their kids.

“We are so lucky to be able to make people’s lives better in the moment, and for the future, by saying yes whenever possible,” Grove said.


Requested items

Any type of new socks are welcome, but sturdy adult socks (like the white athletic kind or, even better, wool) are the most needed. “They will be keeping feet warm and dry in the harshest conditions, so think of what you’d want on your feet,” Grove said.

If you’re interested in doing even more, consider donating:

  • Backpacks and bags
  • Travel-size toiletries
  • NEW underwear (for kids and adults)
  • Boots and shoes

Drop off your donations at any library location during open hours, through October 31.