Skip to main content

Sock Drive Being Held 11/19 at Phoenixville Famers Market


On Saturday, November 19th, Christy Baxter will be at the Phoenixville Farmers Market collecting socks for the homeless.
Do you have a sock drawer at home? The homeless don’t!

Think about it. When your clothes wear out you probably donate them to a good cause. What about your socks? They are probably so worn that they get trashed. Homeless rarely get donations of new socks.

How often do you change your socks? Imagine having to wear them 24/7 until then are completely threadbare? What would that be like? You probably would have blisters, open sores, infections or worse. Gangrene may develop; that can lead to amputation. Not good.

Many put plastic bags over their sock to keep out moisture and cold, but they also keep the foot damp, causing minor to major health complications.

How many homeless? According to HUD (2009): New York 47,434. Philly 5,798. DC 5,907. They are in a city near you.

Moose, homeless in San Antonio, says he gets jackets and shirts at a distribution place, but never socks.

Andreá who runs a facility in NYC said the number one thing her clients ask for are clean socks.

Who knew socks were so important, so vital…and yet, so scarce.

As Thanksgiving draws near, please consider helping the homeless by purchasing and donating some new socks for their use this winter.

Look for Christy Baxter and "The Joy of Sox" logo at the 11/19 Phoenixville Farmer's Market, rain or shine, and she can take your donation of new socks.

New socks ONLY! Not used -- even gently. The homeless rarely get anything new, so this gift of new socks is a real treat. And, the non-profit The Joy of Sox does not have a large enough facility to launder donations. In cold weather and with inadequate footgear, a leading health issue for the homeless is infections and issues with their feet. So, brand-new, clean socks can make a real difference.

The ideal socks are white crew socks or tube socks with a reinforced toe and heel. You can purchase these in multi-packs at large stores such as Target, Costco, BJ's, Kmart, etc. Adult sizes and children's sizes are needed.

If you aren't able to come and drop some new socks off at The Phoenixville Farmer's Market, you can contact Christy to arrange to mail or drop them by her home in Phoenixville. Want to help financially? Visit www.thejoyofsox.org and click "donate here."

Read more about this amazing organization, and it's creator, Tom Costello, at www.thejoyofsox.org.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Several Local Businesses Closing Up Shop

Over the next couple of months, three local businesses will be closing their doors.

On Saturday, February 16th, Polka Dots will be closing their store at 246 Bridge Street. The shop, a women's clothing boutique, opened nearly two and a half years ago but has recently found business slow.

---
Originally, (owner Susan) Randels said that the store was doing well, but that the momentum could not keep up.

"The things that sold in Paoli didn't sell in Phoenixville," she said, adding that some customers thought that the store was too expensive or the sizing did not go high enough (size 12 being the highest size sold). "We tried everything."

Randels also said that parking was an issue for many of her customers who could either not find spaces or did not feel safe parking behind the store.
---

Polka Dots remains open until the 16th, with hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 610-935-5914. Clothing and shoes are bei…

Public meeting to discuss future of Melchiorre Park scheduled for Nov. 29th

On Thursday, November 29th, the Borough is holding a 'brainstorming session' in which plans for Melchiorre Park will be discussed with its park planning consultants. The event will be held at the High School and will begin 7pm.

For those of you who do not know about Melchiorre Park (of which I am included, even though I apparently live across the street from it), it is a 23 acre park located south of High Street on the land between it and French Creek. It appears, based on the drawing on the Borough home page, to be the land that is next to Westridge Village and across the street from the new Northridge Village community.

As part of the meeting, the consultants will 'provide a brief background of the project and present a pre-final master plan for the park'.


Source: Phoenixville Borough Website

La Crêperie Café Bis Opens

Yesterday, Phoenixville's newest cafe opened. La Crêperie Café Bis, located at the corner of Bridge and Gay Streets at the base of the Gay St. Bridge, opened its doors at 11am. As you can probably guess by its name, La Crêperie features both sweet and savory crêpes which, owner Marietou Fanny says, are made with only fresh ingredients. Fanny also owns a restaurant in Center City in Philadelphia called La Crêperie Café, which has been open for nine years.

La Crêperie is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday-Friday from 11am-10pm, Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday from 10am-7pm.

Best of luck to Marietou and her staff!


Source: The Phoenix