While you’re out and about shopping this holiday season, the St. Joseph lodge of the Masons is asking that you grab a package of socks to be given to those in need. Jerry Sirk says he’s started the group’s fifth annual sock drive. They’re collecting socks for the Salvation Army, the guardianship program at Avenue Family Network, the emergency women’s shelter, and the foster kids program at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Sirk tells WSJM News there’s a surprising need for socks.
“It’s one of the most requested things at homeless shelters,” Sirk said. “I had an experience myself where a gentleman came up and said to me, ‘I’m glad you’re doing this. I was a Mason myself, and I got down on my luck one time and ended up at the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter, and I’ve seen guys wrapping tape around their feet to keep their feet warm.'”
Sirk says the Mason effort collected around 1,600 pairs of socks last year, and they’re aiming for 2,000 this year. Collection boxes are at several locations, listed below.
You can drop off socks at collection boxes at:
The BP station at Red Arrow Highway and Glenlord
The Mason Jar in Benton Harbor
Joe’s Cafe in Scottsdale
The Full Circle Cafe in Stevensville
Red Coach Donuts in Stevensville
Silver Harbor Brewing in St. Joseph
Chartreuse in St. Joseph