ELIZABETHTOWN —Ten pairs of socks. That’s what is laying at the bottom of the Bladen Journal’s recliner-sized box six days into the month-long “Sock It To ‘Em” project. But it’s a start.
“So far, we’re off to a slow start,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager/editor of the Bladen Journal. “But I have the feeling the community, with God’s help, will get that box filled before the end of April.
“They say that God loves to work miracles through people,” he added.
The “Sock It To ‘Em” effort is the brainchild of Anna Grace Allen, 14 — the current Miss Bladenboro Outstanding Teen — who is using the effort as her platform for the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant in June. The Bladen Journal recently joined forces with Allen to collect new socks for the homeless and needy in the region.
Allen, who volunteers at area homeless shelters and soup kitchens, was told that socks were the most-needed items for the homeless.
Vincent said the project fits right in with what the Bladen Journal already does each fall.
“We already do a blanket and sleeping bag collection for the homeless and needy in the fall, and we thought helping Allen with collecting socks in the spring would fit perfectly,” he said. “The public has been so generous with our fall collection, and I have a feeling it will be in the spring as well.”
Vincent added that, in addition to individuals, he hopes the sock drive will spark church, school, business and community groups to participate.
How you can help
Throughout the month of April, the Bladen Journal will accept donations of new socks at its office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All sizes of socks are need, from children’s to adults.
At the end of the month, all of the socks will be given to Anna Grace, who will deliver them to the Salvation Army so they can be distributed to the area’s homeless and needy.
Anyone with questions about the “Sock It To ‘Em” sock drive can call the Bladen Journal at 910-862-4163.
Also, Anna Grace is currently looking for monetary sponsorships for her journey to the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant in June. Anyone interested in contributing should call Teresa Allen at 910-977-1760.