New Socks for the Homeless: Saije

$10,820 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 218 people in 51 months
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 seventeen 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:
Send me an email through this site and I'll be in touch!

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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Hello Friends and Supporters,

RE: Hurricane Irma: Emergency Sock Drive

As always I will distribute socks to the homeless this winter, of which I typically start near the end of October.

At the moment many people in Houston and Florida need socks and I think we can help!

I already have a contact in Houston on the ground that will receive the socks and handle distribution, so I'll focus there first, then move onto finding a resource in Florida.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Please share this link, volunteer, or donate.

As always, 100% of your donation goes toward brand new socks to those in need.

Best,
Saije
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Hello Everyone,

I just returned from passing out socks. The rain is coming down heavy! I met a lot of people with soaked feet so I gave them two pairs. The appreciation as always is incredible.

I am nearly out of large socks (still have some medium sized to pass out). If you can help out by donating funds, sharing this page with your network or if you would like to volunteer (email me for volunteer info: saije.bashaw@gmail.com) I would greatly appreciate your support.

And, just in case you haven't heard Bomba's donated several hundred pairs of new socks without any request for me to promote them. They deserve a shout out. I am thankful for their generosity and business model.

I spent Christmas day passing out the socks that Bomba's donated in and around the Bowery. On average I can pass out about 50-100 pairs within an hour so you can imagine how quickly the socks disappear.

The stats remain the same there are over 60,000 people that are homeless here in NYC. Volunteers in California have also distributed socks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. What I am doing along with a few volunteers barely puts a crack in the needs of so many but we're going to keep at it!

Another shout out in the direction of the Plymouth School in Brooklyn and Kathy Schnurr (Teacher) they will be participating again this year with students that are just starting to learn about empathy and generosity. I enjoy working with children in this way and will continue to celebrate their involvement.

Thanks for reading this note and wishing everyone a splendid day!

Best,
Saije
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Hello Everyone,

I'm sending new socks to volunteers that are on the ground in Baton Rouge today and will send more on Monday depending on how much money I am able to raise (100% of your donation goes toward socks). Anything helps, please share, tweet, FB tell your friends, tell a stranger. Let's rally!
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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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Nikki Neretin
49 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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Shae Uisna
2 months ago

Wish I could join you in person in handing out warmth and kindness. Thanks for being a freakin' ROCKSTAR!

Nikki Neretin
49 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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