New Socks for the Homeless: Saije

$9,435 of $60k goal

Raised by 178 people in 32 months
Saije Bashaw   NEW YORK, NY
Scroll down for press, my blog about the people that have benefited from this project, to become a volunteer, and a few important facts that everyone should know.

Background:
I have given brand new socks to the homeless during the winter months for the past fifteen years.

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 own 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.

Most people are uncomfortable donating to an individual person that is not an established non-profit organization.  Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that there are people in the world that want to help others without profiting from it.  The only profit I receive is gratitude from the people that need our help to be a little warmer while they face another night without shelter.

100% of the money you donate will be used for the purchase of brand new socks (I do not hand out any previously used socks).

If you are unable to donate money perhaps there is something else that you can do to assist. Scroll down to the volunteer link. Please complete the form and I will contact you.

Please share this link with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and anywhere else that you can think of that will help to spread this mission of compassion.

Please Note:

Many people have requested my mailing address so they can send socks to me instead of donating money.  Although I appreciate the offer I must decline.
I prefer to purchase the socks personally so that I am able to manage how many socks I have within my limited storage space.

Sign Up To Volunteer:
email: volunteer@weneedsocks.com

Blog:

You can read about what I see while passing out socks on the streets. Everyone has a story worth knowing about.
http://saijebashaw.blogspot.com/

Press:

Inhabitat.com
 (Click here to see the global site which amazing!)

Click here to read the local Inhabitat NY article
Inhabitiat.com Article

HLN.be (International News)
HLN.be Article

NY1 (News)
NY1 New Yorker of the Week

Reality Dose:
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.

You can read the full report here:
https://www.onecpd.info/resources/documents/AHAR-2013-Part1.pdf


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Update 8
6 months ago
Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your continued support of this endeavor.

Temps continue to drop and the shelters are full. Thousands of homeless people are struggling to make it through the cold nights this winter. Let's keep trying to help them out.

I will continue to pass out socks as long as the donations continue and people step up to volunteer.

Please share this page with your network, donate and/or volunteer. Your assistance is incredibly helpful and appreciated.

Best,
Saije
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Update 7
7 months ago
Hello Everyone,

It's that's time of year again to help people living on the street be a bit more comfortable as they face the cold nights ahead by providing them with brand new warm socks.

Modell's is still offering me an in store discount. I'll be purchasing as many socks as possible every week through the winter months as long as the funds keep coming. Your donation will help with that. 100% goes toward the purchase of socks.

If you are unable to donate funds, please volunteer, and/or share this link with your network.

Best,
Saije
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Update 6
15 months ago
Over 20,000 pairs of socks distributed and counting...Let's keep this going throughout the year.
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Update 5
17 months ago
Update: Friday Feb 6, 2015

Thanks to generous donors and volunteers. Within the last 2.5 months over 3,000 pairs of socks have been given to the homeless in NYC, San Francisco/Bay Area and Denver.

Unfortunately, my sock supply is running low again.

We are expecting another cold blast of weather over the next few days.

There are over 60,000 people that are homeless in NYC and over 600,000 nationwide. The need is tremendous.

Please help to spread the word about this project by sharing this link.

Together we can truly make a difference to the people on the street that will be trying to survive through another night of bitter cold.

I am also in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out please email: volunteer@weneedsocks.com

Best,
Saije
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Nikki Neretin
30 months ago

My name is Nikki and I am a family doc that runs the homeless services for a large not for profit health care system in nyc. I also am the lead singer in a popular indie rock band and we collect socks for my clients at all of our gigs. Recently I had a patient with frostbite and a warm/dry pair of socks would have made all the difference in the world. Please come and support our sock drive. http://dysorderlies.com

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$9,435 of $60k goal

Raised by 178 people in 32 months
Created December 6, 2013
RT
$50
Raina Trider
5 months ago
KB
$25
Kate Begonia
6 months ago
RP
$50
Renee Parks
6 months ago
BR
$25
Barbara Rounds
6 months ago
SH
$100
Stacy Hudak
6 months ago

I've been meaning to do this for a long time. You've been doing this since I've known you and I'm really proud of you for continuing to hit the streets and help those in need.

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$20
Anonymous
7 months ago
$50
Jason McGuire
7 months ago

Great work you do Saije.

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DT
$20
Dawn Thomas
7 months ago
CS
$20
Carolyn Sun
7 months ago
RM
$25
Ruthie Miller
7 months ago
Nikki Neretin
30 months ago

My name is Nikki and I am a family doc that runs the homeless services for a large not for profit health care system in nyc. I also am the lead singer in a popular indie rock band and we collect socks for my clients at all of our gigs. Recently I had a patient with frostbite and a warm/dry pair of socks would have made all the difference in the world. Please come and support our sock drive. http://dysorderlies.com

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