Socks for Seniors unveiled

MARTINS FERRY – Each year, Socks for Seniors hosts its annual sock drive, along with community leaders and volunteers.

Families throughout the United States become involved with the Socks for Seniors program back in 2002.

Since that time, the Socks for Seniors sock drive has grown tremendously and has became a nationwide network.

The Times Leader will be leading the charge locally this holiday season for this worthy cause as the paper will be accepting donations of socks to give to Ohio Valley seniors.

“Our senior citizens are viable and important members of our community,” said Lori Figurski, publisher of The Times Leader. “They’ve worked hard and contributed their entire lives and we want to do our part to help give back this holiday season.”

This is a project that an entire family, even an entire community, can participate in.

To participate, simply drop off one pair or multiple pairs of new socks to the front desk at The Times Leader, located at 200 S. 4th Street in Martins Ferry between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The drive will begin this Monday and run through Dec. 23, when the collected socks will be distributed to deserving senior citizens in the area.

The holidays are a fun time of year with all the holiday work parties, family gatherings, meetings with old friends topped off with all the bells, whistles, hustle and bustle of the season.

It’s the friendliest and most giving time of year.

But, for some it can also be a depressing time of year. Our seniors can get lost in the shuffle.

Each year, thousands of lonely and financially challenged seniors struggle with the holiday blues. They dread facing the holiday season alone – some being without family or friends, some with the isolation of being a widow or widower.

Some seniors just being away from children and grandchildren produces extreme loneliness that’s exaggerated by festivities of the season.

We Need You! Socks For Seniors and it’s volunteers have one priority this holiday season and that is to bring holiday cheer along with a pair of new socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our elderly seniors. The Socks for Seniors program benefits those living alone and in nursing homes and yes even those seniors that are homeless.

The big question: What type of socks should be donated?

Sure, the traditional grip slippers or tube socks will work. But that’s not keeping with the spirit of the drive.

The funnier, funkier holiday styles you can find. Socks for Seniors tends to utilize the philosophy of the senior residents when choosing the socks to purchase.

There is no better example than a quote from 91-year-old nursing home resident Emma Mae.

When asked the choice of socks at her nursing home, Emma Mae responded that she wanted the bright colored, striped, individual toe socks.

“We’re just old. We’re not dead and we still have a sense of humor,” she exclaimed. “I want those!”

From that point forward Emma Mae’s comments have been the focal point for the socks that we choose to collect for these seniors.

The Times Leader will also take the traditional tube socks for seniors of the local homeless shelters and shut-ins.

For more information or updates on the drive, check out Socks for Seniors on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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