We are working on getting wholesale status with a number of sock manufacturer’s so we stretch our dollars. We are also working on getting donations from various sock companies we cannot expect them to be able to meet the need completely.
You can choose how much you donate as well as how often, the following are just suggestions.
By donating $5 you can help provide a sturdy pair of socks to someone that is homeless.
By donating $5/month you can help provide a sturdy pair of socks to someone every month.
Why Wet Socks Suck
- Many homeless people have a condition called polyneuropathy. They lose nerve function and cannot feel irritations of their feet. Neuropathic ulcers usually become infected and can cause cellulitis (skin infection), deadly sepsis (blood poisoning) or deep bone infections.
- fungal infection of the skin and nails thrive in warm moist dark places, can split and open the skin to bacterial infection.
How Socks Help
- Socks decrease friction between the shoes and the foot.
- Socks help cushion the bottom of the foot.
- clean socks create a layer of dryness to the skin
You can read the Florida annual report from the Council on Homelessness
We are currently focused on Hillsborough County only because this is where our headquarters are located. We will gladly help anyone in any county of Florida to be part of this project.
According to the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, on any given night there are at least 1,549 homeless men, women, and children in Tampa-Hillsborough County. These are people who are sleeping on the streets, behind buildings, in encampments, in cars, emergency shelters, and transitional housing.
Also, we know the following about who is homeless:
40% are female
20% are under the age of 18
11% have served in the U.S. Military
17% are Hispanic
40% report having a disability (physical, mental health, developmental)
41% are experiencing homelessness for the FIRST time
76% lived in Hillsborough County for at least 1 year BEFORE becoming homeless