Our Story

S.O.C.K.S. -- So Others Can Keep Striding -- is a movement to distribute socks to as many homeless individuals as possible.

It began just a little over one year ago. Damon Jones, the founder of the initiative, volunteered to spend the night in a homeless shelter hosted by his church. To his surprise, the men spent a great deal of time discussing the value of clean, dry socks.

They explained the importance of maintaining healthy feet as they are the primary means of transportation from one place to another. Once socks get worn or wet, they are virtually useless, and can cause athletes foot, callouses, or other infections that in some cases lead to amputation or death.

When Damon woke up in the morning the idea for S.O.C.K.S. came to him in a vision. Now, with the support of friends, family, and volunteers, he is pursuing the vision with tenacity and hitting the streets armed with socks to give away.

OUR WHY

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There is something unique about ministering to one's feet.  Feet keep us grounded and support our weight.  They transport us from place to place during out journey in life.  Jesus, before his passion, knelt down to clean the feet of his disciples.  At SOCKS we believe there truly something special about serving others by taking care of their feet.

 

 

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Socks are the most requested clothing item by the homeless, but the least donated. Healthy feet are important to one’s survival and well-being, as the condition of feet can affect overall health. In some extreme cases, amputation can be the result of a prolonged lack of clean, dry socks. There are numerous health risks that S.O.C.K.S helps to reduce by providing the homeless population with clean, dry socks throughout the year.

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Our foundational scripture is, "For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you saying, 'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to you poor and your needy, in your land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)'" Therefore, serving the homeless is more than just a movement, it's a requirement.

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