‘Sock it to em with Love’ drive aims to keep people warm as temperatures drop

Sock Drive Weather Impact

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - As the temperatures drop, a Tifton woman is handing out socks to make sure your feet stay warm.

Socks are a basic necessity she said that can be neglected, but not on purpose.

Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes said her vision started several years ago. She saw a lot of students walking to school with shorts on but no socks, so now, the vision is to fill boxes with socks and make sure people stay warm.

“There has to be a reason for them not having socks, but I don’t know what that reason is,” said Hughes.

Hughes started the ‘Sock it to Em with Love’ sock drive more than five years ago.

“You wouldn’t think that that’s a necessity for children or they can’t get em, but these days parents are trying to put food on the table and put warm coats on their back,” said Hughes.

It's a donation drive that's timely, considering the freezing temperatures coming.

Michelle Lester said she got socks from the sock drive in 2017, now she helps Hughes take the socks around the city.

“It’s a blessing that I wasn’t shame enough to say I want some socks, and they were nice socks,” said Lester.

Lester said the sock donation certainly helped her budget, while keeping her family warm.

“One less thing that I had to worry about that year you know," said Lester. "And that’s why I didn’t mind coming back in because the years go by that it gets better, then you don’t have to receive socks, you don’t have to receive, you can help somebody else.”

Hughes wants to make sure that no one is cold in the temperatures, so if you have socks to give or if you would like to receive socks, you can call Hughes at (229) 326-0241.

Hughes and the committee will give the socks away at their annual event on Feb. 9 at Copeland Park in Tifton from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

If you’d like to donate, Hughes said you can drop off sock donations at the Clark Kent building or the Tiftarea YMCA.

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