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Mercy Unlimited pushes ‘sock it to me’

February 16, 2012

A conversation between a grandmother and her grandchildren sparked an idea for Mercy Unlimited.

Mercy Unlimited is hosting a sock drive during the month of February. Individuals can bring in packs of sock for infants and children and place then in a barrel at the store.

Mercy Unlimited Store Manager Angie Combs came up with this idea after talking with two of her grandchildren, who are in kindergarten and second grade.

“My grandkids would tell me that ‘so and so’ didn’t have socks on at school today,” Combs said.

They also told her there would be children waiting at the bus stop with only tennis shoes and no socks, hats or gloves on.

“This made my heart melt,” Combs said. “This is something we need to do.”

Combs saw a need and knew she wanted to host a sock drive to keep children’s feet warm this winter.

This is the first year the sock drive has been implemented at Mercy Unlimited, and Combs said that she is pleased with the turn out so far, as the barrel is filled up three-quarters of the way.

Combs has been in contact with the local schools, and they will send requests into her, and at the end of February she will be delivering some of the socks to the schools and faculty will distribute the socks to children in need.

All of the other socks will be distributed to other children, who need socks, in the community. Those socks will be available at the Mercy Unlimited Food Pantry.

“We would like to do this each year,” Combs said.

Individuals may drop off packs of socks for infants and children, to Mercy Unlimited and place in the barrel at the front of the store. The last day for sock drop off is Feb. 29.

Mercy Unlimited is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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