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Warming heart and sole: groups collecting socks to ease winter’s chill

THE GAZETTE | A chance meeting will soon take some bite — perhaps even some frostbite — out of the cold weather that’s just around the calendar corner.

Things are heating up already in two groups’ efforts to pair warm, dry socks with feet in need.

“My mom makes blankets for the Shelter House. She was in here one day donating, and a man was standing at the counter, and he asked for a pair of socks. So my mom then had a conversation about the need that a lot of shelters have for new pairs of socks, and it snowballed from there,” said Mary Dyroff, founder/manager of Mary’s Farm Sanctuary in rural Lone Tree.

Giving is part of the everyday life for Dyroff, who runs a nonprofit for horses and their ilk, goats, dogs and cats. The sanctuary also likes to be involved with community efforts, she said.

Iowa City’s Shelter House not only offers “a roof and a bed,” but helps improve the quality of life as people move beyond homelessness.

The two organizations are hoping to collect 500 pairs of new socks to be distributed by the Shelter House during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 11 to 17.

The goal received a big boost this past week, when the farm sanctuary asked for sock donations in lieu of admission Oct. 21, during the final open house of the season. Along with socks dropped off by two people during the week, the sanctuary collected 166 pairs.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/community/socks-donations-winter-johnson-county-homeless-shelter-iowa-city-cedar-rapids-20181023

Diana Nollen, (319) 368-8508; diana.nollen@thegazette.com