Shamrocks for Socks Collection Pair Count: Final Report

Catholic Charities collected a total of 3,771 pairs of socks and over $600.00 in cash donations to purchase additional socks!
We more than tripled last year’s sock collection and exceeded this year’s goal of 1,000 pairs of socks!

 All socks will be divided among the three Catholic Charities agencies (Ashtabula Agency, Regional Agency, and Portage/Stark Agency) which covers six counties: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, and Trumbull. 

Thank you everyone who donated to Catholic Charities Shamrocks for Socks Collection!

In 2023, we began a new project based on a critical need in our community.

Socks are currently one of the most requested items among the homeless population and those living in poverty. Many people walk several miles each day and spend considerable time on their feet which causes their socks to wear out very quickly. For those already living without means, they don’t have the ability to buy new socks. Sometimes they don’t even have the money to go to a laundromat to wash their clothing.

Although it is one of the most needed items, socks are also the item that is least donated. Second least is undergarments.

One of the most prevalent reasons for this is because socks and underwear donations cannot be used, and must be new. People often donate a gently used jacket, coat, pair of jeans or shoes. But nobody wants to wear hand-me-down socks or underwear. Most shelters cannot accept these used items due to the associated health and hygiene risks.

A pair of good socks can provide warmth, comfort, and a sense of dignity to our clients. For many, especially homeless individuals, they may rarely take off their socks. Donating a brand new pair or package is an immeasurable way to offer dignity and compassion to those in need.

Our community has always been very generous with donations of hats, gloves, coats, and especially food and pantry items. 

Thank you for supporting Shamrocks for Socks!

May your feet always be as warm as your heart.

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