This winter spare a thought for helping the homeless. Many people living rough, face severe pain and discomfort caused by exposure to cold. Sometimes being near a heat source such as an open fire can further complicate already damaged tissues especially if the extremities are thawed then refrozen. Something as simple as wearing two pairs of dry socks can prevent frost frost bite and in severe conditions. Throughout the world there are many charities and volunteer groups which collect and distribute clothing including socks to the homeless.
In Seattle, Operation Nightwatch hosts "Sock It to Homelessness" . This is an annual sock drive where community groups, churches, youth groups, and concerned citizens are invited to donate new socks to the cause. Last year (2016), more than 20,000 pairs of socks were collected for distribution through the year.
The Joy of Sox is based in Philadelphia and is an another organization committed to raise funds from individuals, companies and foundations willing to buy socks for the homeless. They too conduct sock drives to collect funds and socks from the community. All the socks donated and purchased are given to homeless people attending soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Comfort Socks is a public charity that provides new socks to homeless shelters, all across the United States.
Other agencies such as Project Homeless Collect in San Francisco, encourage volunteers to help the homeless with housing, services, food and clothing. Socks can be donated to Project Home in Philadelphia or Family Promise .
In Central London the Sock Mob are a group of volunteers who regularly give out socks to the homeless.
In Perth, Western Australia Homeless Healthcare (formerly the MobileGP) is a charity providing primary health care to homeless people and those who are vulnerably housed. Socks in the City is an appeal for donations to purchase socks for the homeless.
The Big Issue The Pavement World Homeless Day