SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A Herriman owner has partnered with local candidates running for office and raised more than 800 pairs of socks to donate to The Road Home, an organization that provides emergency shelter, services and housing assistance for people in need.
Sarah Navarre loves to decorate her house for Halloween and Christmas. She decided to collect socks for the homeless shelter this year by inviting people to her home while asking them to donate socks. However, heavy rains caused Navarre to cancel the invitations and by then she had only collected around 40 pairs of socks.
Then two local men seeking a job at Herriman, Teddy Hodges and Lorin Palmer, saw Navarre’s story on social media and shared it with others. Suddenly, donations of socks and underwear were pouring in, as well as donations of money for the purchase of socks.
“Yesterday bags and bags and bags of socks were dropped off,” Navarre said in an email. Through his efforts, along with those of Hodges and Palmer, approximately $ 600 was donated towards the purchase of socks.
“Store shelves have been cleared of socks to help with the effort,” Navarre said. “We now have over 800 pairs of socks and we’re still counting! “
Last year, she collected around 400 pairs. She is grateful that she was able to raise double the amount of last year this year. She’s still picking up socks at this point.
“It’s a testament to a community that comes together and that everyone is doing just a little bit to have a big impact,” Navarre said. “These socks will warm toes and hearts for the cold months to come!”
The Road Home is a private, non-profit, Salt Lake City-based social service agency that provides assistance to homeless individuals and families along the Wasatch Front.
In 2019, ABC4 reported that the shelter was closing. However, at the last minute, The Road Home received a one-time grant of $ 5 million that allowed it to create a data integration system and build new offices to continue helping the homeless.