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According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of homeless people in New York City has increased by 69%, to a record 64,000. Nationwide the number is, 610, 042.
I want to expand beyond NYC by the end of 2014 and add at least five more cities. These numbers are my motivation.
With your help I can achieve this goal.
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For the past 14 years I have passed out brand new socks to the homeless during the winter months. I have spent thousands of dollars of my own money and time to do this over the years. I do this during my spare time at night and during any spare hours I may have in between regular work hours. This is a passion project.
I want to do more. I want to make this a national event that happens every winter. I want to inspire others to do the same within their communities. I want to have so many socks that I need a distribution center that rivals the largest retailers. I want to wake up every morning knowing that I am making a difference to someone in need. I want to create a website where people can purchase socks directly and know that their donation is being hand delivered to a person on the street with cold feet. I want to create national marketing campaigns to get the word out. I want volunteers in every major city that share the same vision.
I am working on getting non-profit status but it is an arduous process. Most people don't feel comfortable donating to something that is not a non-profit. I cannot change that immediately but I am trying. All I can say is that sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that there are people in the world that want to help but may have roadblocks that make becoming a non-profit difficult. I am one of those people. I am making every attempt to do so one step at a time. Some of the money will go toward legal consultation fees, a temporary work space, general operations, url domain purchase/maintenance/design, and storage if necessary of socks (I am using my NYC apartment at the moment which is a typical NYC apt aka: limited space).
I will work hard. I am passionate and driven. I will hit the streets EVERY day rain, shine, or sludgy snow. Yes, I did go out when it hit 3 degrees recently because that is when people NEED warm feet the most! Currently I am averaging about 350-400 pairs of socks passed out per week. This number increases based on how much money is donated and how much time I spend on the streets passing out socks. Generally I spend about 2 hrs minimum per day hand delivering each pair to those in need. If people join me to pass out socks this number increases. I usually do this between October and February but after speaking with the Doctor that does outreach on the street she said that people need socks year round even during the summer months as they spend their days walking a lot and sometimes the nights are cold when the days are hot. So my intention is to keep this up beyond the winter months.
If you are unable to donate contact me perhaps there is something else that you can do to help. In the meantime... please share this link with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and anyplace else that you can think of that will help to spread this mission of compassion. Even the smallest donation will be put to good use immediately.Updates Archive:Update 2/5/14:
The Doctor that does street outreach that I am partnering with called. Her team just passed out 100 pairs of socks this morning. They need more! I am expecting a shipment of 300 to arrive soon but the weather is slowing down delivery. Her team is networking and gathering socks as well.
With your help we can do so much more. Please donate/share/tweet this page link. She summed up the need the very first day that I met her in one sentence: "Socks flow out of our hands like water we never have enough; we need more".Update 1/29/14:
Patagonia tweeted my link with this message: "Inspired. Hit us up to see how we can help". I have submitted the paperwork they requested and I am waiting to hear back.
Patagonia would be a dream partner for me as I respect their product and their stellar business practices.Update 2/7:
Patagonia has denied my request for them to donate socks. I won't give up though as they had my hopes up with that Tweet. Perhaps after they see more people support this project they will have second thoughts. Feel free to write to them http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=3915
or Tweet them if you wish. @patagonia