Friday, November 4, 2016

#OneMillionPairs Socks Campaign - Please Help!

USA Freebie Finders Can You Spread the Word for a Great Non-Profit?

October 10, International Homelessness Day,  the One million Socks Campaign kicked off.  It is hard to believe that we were homeless for a few months and had lost all our belongings.
How does a teacher with 17 years seniority become homeless?
It can happen in the blink of an eye.
If you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and warm clothes to wear, could you help spread the word of the One Million Socks Campaign?
Perhaps you could even donate some new socks to your closest shelter.
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How does the One Million Socks Campaign work?

Here is the press release.

AAFA, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Call for Donation Of One Million Pairs Of New Socks to Homeless and Poor 

 K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and the American Apparel & Footwear Association have teamed up to supply one million pairs of socks to the nation’s homeless and poor in honor of World Homeless Day, which will be observed on October 10. The socks will be distributed at shelters throughout the country for individuals without a home or access to clean, new clothing.
 Donations will begin on October 10 and continue throughout the following 12 months. To date, the companies:

  •  DSW Inc., 
  • GBG Socks, 
  • LLC/Planet Sox, 
  • Gold Medal International, 
  • No nonsense, 
  • Renfro Corporation, 
  • TTI Global Resources, and 
  • United Legwear & Apparel Co., 
  • And  others, 
have combined to commit over 500,000 pairs of socks to people in need. AAFA and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers continue to seek donations from additional companies to reach the goal of one million pairs of socks. Any company interested in donating new socks for this campaign, or needs further information, may email Merrie Keller at or call 212-279-5325.

Socks and Underwear Wanted

 The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that in 2015, more than half a million Americans were identified as homeless – 63 percent of that total were individuals and 37 percent were people in families. According to agencies that support homeless and the needy, socks and underwear are among the most requested, non-consumable items because they must be purchased brand new, unlike coats that are regularly donated secondhand.
 Recognizing the ability for the legwear industry to make a significant impact by collectively donating overstock and samples, Isaac E. Ash, President and CEO of United Legwear & Apparel Co. challenged industry colleagues to donate more than what they might normally allocate for charities. At a recent AAFA Legwear Committee meeting, Mr. Ash challenged his colleagues to join forces and reach a goal of one million pairs of socks.
“We all have so much to give, and pooling resources will get more product to people,” said Ash. “It can also call attention to these often-forgotten populations as weather becomes colder.” 
 “AAFA is always enthusiastic to take on a unique opportunity,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of AAFA. “When our legwear members challenged us to help raise one million pairs of socks for the homeless, the stakes were high but the potential impact even greater. Thinking that a warm pair of socks can make a difference with every person that we touch, AAFA is working hard to help make this program a huge success.
 Over the next few months, we will be distributing the socks as they are donated, supporting many communities nationwide in their efforts to help homeless and poverty-stricken people,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President & CEO, Lisa Gurwitch. “In addition, donor companies will engage employees to visit local agencies and personally give socks to the people in need.” 

 Initial distributions are being planned for New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; Houston; and North Carolina. More information about the campaign and updates on its progress will be online at Individuals and groups can show their support on social media using #OneMillionPairs.
 About AAFA: Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers. About K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers: K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501 (c (3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit
We hope our south of the border family and friends will find this information handy for stretching their budgets.

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