On a chilly Thanksgiving Day in 2004, 4-year-old Hannah Turner was helping serve dinner to the needy at Toledo’s Cherry Street Mission. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of doing her part to fill plates, Hannah tugged on her mother Doris’ sweater.
“Mommy, won’t his feet be cold?”
Hannah had focused on a man in line wearing shoes that had split open to reveal he had no socks on, and her small face reflected concern. Doris tried to reassure her: “His shoes will keep his toes warm.” She didn’t know how they could help with all the staff focused on the meal, and she didn’t want her daughter carrying a burden.
Hannah – too smart, too big of heart – was unconvinced.
“Mommy, he can have my socks,” she said.
That next day, Doris took Hannah to purchase and distribute socks for local shelters. The following two years, they were able to collect and donate over 100 pair around the Toledo area.
Co-founders Doris and Vic Turner are now leading an energetic team of volunteers who are launching Hannah’s Socks as a full-fledged non-profit organization serving NW and SW Ohio. The youth at our church are taking this on as one of their projects during their upcoming 30 Hour Famine next month. How many pair of socks to you have?
You can help out by:
- Bringing socks, new or used (in good shape), to church and putting them in the laundry basket by the cross.
- Get them to someone in the church who can bring them for you.
- Donate socks to a local non-profit in your area. Not sure where to start? Contact your church or the local United Way office.
None of us can help everyone but all of us can help someone!