Can you spare a pair? Vinnies SA is calling out to the South Australian community to donate new pairs of socks as the state heads into colder winter months.
While many take toasty toes for granted, individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty are often left without the basic-level comfort of warm and dry feet.
Vinnies is able to assist with clothing and other items, but socks are often in short supply, so the charity is hoping South Australians can help those in need.
That’s why Vinnies are asking the community if they can ‘spare a pair’ of new socks to be distributed throughout the state to individuals doing it tough.
Socks can be dropped into any of Vinnies’ 33 shops across the state, before being passed on to those accessing the organisation’s Fred’s Van meal service, and guests of Vinnies Men’s and Women’s Crisis Centres.
Each year, Fred’s Van serves more than 40,000 meals across 10 SA locations, while the Vinnies Crisis Centres accommodate more than 1,200 men, women and children each year, many arriving with very few possessions.
Fred’s Van Coordinator Teresa Branch said the service has observed a growing number of family groups in attendance over the past few months.
“We’re seeing more families come through the door, and hearing from them that rental costs and other expenses are putting a huge strain on the household budget. Knowing they can rely on a warm meal at least once a week just takes a bit of pressure off,” she says.
If you would like to contribute, drop new socks into any Vinnies shop in South Australia or find a shop near you on their website.