Everyone needs socks and underwear but …
You can’t buy socks and underwear in a thrift store! They’re essential but too personal to be handed down. From May 15 to 31 the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church will join forces with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport and local clothing stores, Nelson’s in Gloucester and the John Tarr Store in Rockport, to collect donations of new socks and underwear for children and adults. Nelson’s and the John Tarr Store will generously offer sales on donation items to support the collection drive.
All donations will go directly to families and individuals served by two local organizations: Pathways for Children and The Grace Center. Pathways for Children is a nonprofit providing support, education and childcare for low income families on the North Shore. The Grace Center is a Gloucester day resource center serving adults in need of support. The Grace Center is part of Lifebridge, a regional organization providing shelter services in Gloucester, Salem and Beverly.
Collection bins for donations of new socks and underwear for adults and children of all sizes and ages will be located at the side door of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, outside the Rockport Society, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport, and also inside Nelson’s, 248 Main Street, Gloucester; and the John Tarr Store, 49 Main Street, Rockport. Those who prefer to support the cause with financial contributions may mail checks made out to the Gloucester Church with “Socks and Underwear” on the memo line.
Last year’s socks and underwear drive brought in $550 and 769 items of clothing. “Respect for the worth and dignity of every individual is a central tenet of Unitarian Universalism,” said Holly Tanguay, Co-President of the Gloucester church. “It’s hard to think of a better way to support individual dignity than by providing clean new undergarments to those who need them.” Frank Freedman staff member at the Grace Center reports that, “Underwear, socks and toiletries are the essentials most requested by our clients.”
Kathy Wilson, volunteer coordinator at Pathways, spoke about how important community support is to fulfilling their mission, “Pathways for Children depends on our collaboration with partners and community to meet ongoing needs, especially during these challenging times. Donations such as socks and underwear provide much needed help for children and families impacted by economic inequity.” Questions about donating may be addressed to the Gloucester church at firstname.lastname@example.org.