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St. Philip’s issues a call for socks to benefit the homeless

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Did you know there are about 463 homeless people in Bucks County including 121 children?

Some are living in their cars, some in shelters, and some in the woods.

Homeless people do not have frequent access to laundry facilities. So when their socks get wet, they risk getting trench foot, or even frostbite. They need dry socks to stay healthy.

Homelessness is a complex issue and several area groups, including Code Blue, work to alleviate the situation. Now, here is a simple way everyone can help: Be a part of The Great Sock Drive of 2023, started over five years ago as a simple way to help those in need.

“We many times feel overwhelmed when trying to address issues of poverty. Rather than lose hope, let us give new hope to others,” says The Rev. Michael Ruk, priest at St. Philip’s Church, New Hope.

In the last eight years, the parish collected well over 25,000 pairs of socks to distribute. St. Philip’s welcomes all donations of new socks for men and socks, stockings, leggings and pantyhose for women. Children’s socks are also welcome.

Help give Christmas Stockings a new meaning: when you are out shopping for the holiday, buy some socks for the homeless in our own community. Place them into the big tub on the porch of St. Philip’s (10 Chapel Road, New Hope) Dec. 3 through 25. St. Philip’s parishioners will help distribute socks in the Bucks County, Trenton, N.J., and Philadelphia areas.

For information, visit www.stphilipsnewhope.org.


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