Kiwanis Collecting Socks for Happy Feet Drive

Aug 15, 2018

After the success of its first two drives, the Kiwanis of LBI/Manahawkin recently announced another “Happy Feet” collection program through which new socks are being collected for children in need, homeless veterans and victims of domestic abuse.

“Along with our other Kiwanis family members, the Key Club and Builders Club at Southern Regional High School and MATES, new socks are being collected through Dec. 3,” said Faith Dixon, project coordinator. “We collected 3,650 pairs of socks, and the goal this year is to collect 6,000 pairs of socks to be distributed to children in need, homeless, homeless veterans, active military, victims of domestic abuse and Hope for Liberia. The Kiwanis family is devoted to improving the lives of children and the communities they live in.”

Dixon said a pair of warm socks is the most sought-after item among homeless in the United States. She said socks, as well as underwear, are often left out of clothing drives.

“Clean socks prevent many common ailments,” said Dixon. “It reduces bacteria nd medical problems as well as warming cold feet and bringing dignity to a person's life.

“I had heard about an underwear collection, so I thought that maybe we could collect socks,” she said.

The drop-off destinations for the new socks will be: Bay Avenue Community Center, 775 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin; Between the Sheets, 1012 Central Ave., Ship Bottom; the Dixon residence, 510 Shore Ave., Ship Bottom; Elks Lodge No. 2340, 320 Hilliard Blvd., Manahawkin; Harvey Cedars Borough Hall, 7606 Long Beach Blvd.; Ship Bottom Borough Hall, Municipal Clerk’s Office, 1621 Long Beach Blvd.; St. Peter’s at the Light Church, Seventh Street and Central Ave., Barnegat Light; Octopus’s Garden, 771 South Main St. (Route 9), West Creek; Trident Fitness & Performance, 541 South Main St. (Route 9), West Creek; and VFW, 11 East Winifred Ave., Long Beach Township.

Monetary donations are also accepted; checks made payable to Kiwanis of LBI can mailed to P.O. Box 174, Ship Bottom, N.J. 08008.

For more information, call Dixon at 609-405-2834. —E.E.

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