Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.
Need knows no boundaries of ethnicity, age, faith or gender. Neither do we.

Sharing the comfort of socks

A common household mystery is how socks simply disappear in the laundry. You put a pair of socks into the washing machine with your clothes, but only one comes out.

For most of us, losing a sock is a simple annoyance. We have an abundance, and we can purchase a new pack whenever we like. But many of our neighbors don’t have that luxury, especially our neighbors experiencing homelessness. For these neighbors, one pair of socks may be all they have, and when you walk about six miles a day – as many people do when living on the streets – a decent pair of socks makes a real difference.

That is why Catholic Charities of West Tennessee will include a pair of socks in each of the walking bags that we distribute daily – beginning this month. Walking bags also hold a day’s worth of nutrition, and it is food our customers don’t need a voucher to access.

Although we give out walking bags to any customer in need, most of them are experiencing homelessness. So those who receive the walking bags are those most in need of food and socks – simple necessities.

Thanks to generous donors, Catholic Charities has more than 3,000 pairs of new socks on hand, and we are so grateful that we can share them with those in need.

Anyone can become homeless. In Memphis, the most recent count estimated 1,226 people experiencing homelessness, with nearly 700 completely unsheltered or living in emergency housing. More than 500 were living in transitional housing.

While we work to meet this overwhelming need through our wonderful Housing Ministry, we also try to solve smaller problems by sharing our walking bags. At this time of year, we are grateful that we can add some small comfort to the lives of our neighbors on the streets by giving them a new pair of socks.

To read more  Catholic Charities blog posts, go to