Socks for Seniors is underway

MARTINS FERRY – The Times Leader unveiled its holiday fundraising drive early last month when it kicked off its Socks for Seniors campaign.

The premise is simple.

Area residents are asked to donate a pair of new socks, the more outlandish and festive the better, to The Times Leader office and the socks, in turn, will be handed out to deserving area seniors just in time for Christmas.

So far, the response has been considerable.

“We’d like to thank the people of the Ohio Valley for getting behind Socks for Seniors. We’ve received a number of donations and some really colorful pairs of socks that are sure to not only help keep the feet warm of area seniors, but also provide a laugh or two and some holiday cheer.”

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 continues through Friday, Dec. 21, when the submissions will be rounded up and distributed.

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.

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.

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

Food drive

In conjunction with the Socks for Seniors campaign, The Times Leader is also conducting a canned food drive as the days wind down to Dec. 25.

Beginning Monday, The Times Leader is accepting donations of canned and other non-parishable foods at its main office.

Anyone who donates an item will receive a free holiday greeting ad in the paper’s classified section.

The ads will run on Christmas eve.

The food collected in turn will be donated to a local food bank.

Get in the spirit this Christmas season by giving as much, if not more, than you receive.

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