Appeal for socks to help homeless this Christmas

Richard Stevens launched his annual Sock Appeal
Richard Stevens launched his annual Sock Appeal

PULLING on a pair of socks on a cold morning is something most of us take for granted but these everyday items could prove a lifeline for people living on the streets this winter.

That’s the message from Richard Stevens who has launched his 19th annual appeal for people to donate a pair or two of new, warm socks to help those less fortunate than themselves.

The footwear can be deposited in special Sox Collection boxes in Holy Trinity Church, Robertson Street, and in the Imagen Gallery in Claremont, and will be distributed to the homeless by the charity Surviving Christmas.

“Warm socks can prove to be a lifesaver if you are living on the streets or in cold conditions and it is a sad reflection on our times that appeals such as this are still very much needed and appreciated in towns like ours,” said Richard.

On Christmas Day, he will take all the donated socks to the YMCA in St Paul’s Road, where Surviving Christmas provides yuletide hospitality, food and clothing for the homeless or those who have nowhere else to go over the festive season.

Surviving Christmas opens its doors on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and December 27. Socks from Richard’s appeal will be distributed on each of these days.

He added: “I am asking the good people of Hastings to be as generous as possible and to remember those less fortunate than themselves.

“Please support this year’s Sock Appeal.

“This is a practical way in which we can really demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas.”

Last year, the support for Richard’s Sock Appeal was strong with more than 13 black bags filled with socks being collected for those in need locally.