They are some of the most in demand items at the Red Deer Mustard Seed, but one of the least donated…we’re talking clothing essentials of socks & underwear. Think of how fresh it feels to pull on a clean pair. Many of Red Deer’s most vulnerable population rarely get that feeling. Now think to yourself how you’d feel having to wear that same pair of socks or underwear for more than a few days. Most people get grossed out, but the reality for some people is they won’t get to change those items once in a week, a month, or longer.
Well, thanks to you RED DEER, you have made a difference. We asked, you delivered. 5000 pairs of socks & 2000 pairs of underwear have been handed over to The Mustard Seed! Scott Tillbury, Community Development Specialist for The Seed, says they are “speechless”! He added, “we are overwhelmed with emotion from the generosity of this great city!”
We all know what happens if you don’t change your socks/underwear everyday:
- Skin will get itchy because unwashed underwear irritates the skin
- It happens because of bacterial build up in the fabric of the underwear which of course transfers to the most sensitive areas down there
- You could develop sores or rashes which chafe your skin. It can lead to protrusions or redness.
- Not to mention the smell!
- Leads to infection… including the very common urinary tract infection
The Mustard Seed in Red Deer are currently handing out 135 pairs of socks on average every meal evening Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. They provide 156 evening dinners a year on average. If you do the math, they’ll hand out over 21,000 pairs of socks and underwear every year! Even one pack donated can help.
Now, just because our drive is done, doesn’t mean you can’t keep it going. The demand will remain! If you would like to continue collecting, The Mustard Seed would be more than happy to accept your donations! They are kitty corner to the Riverside Meadows 7-11.
Maybe your business, co-workers, or groups would like to volunteer at The Mustard Seed. THE DRIVE crew recently spent some time helping out and it was an amazing experience we can’t wait to do again! There are truly some amazing staff & volunteers to work with at The Seed.
We helped out in the kitchen with meal prep (The Seed makes nearly 400 lunches a day for Red Deer less fortunate school students), organizing food donations, sorting various donations, washing dishes, clean-up, and serving meals! And we met some of the most gracious people while serving. We highly recommend doing it!
Find more info HERE.
To help raise awareness for Sock It To Me, Peter Michaels decided to wear the same pair of socks for one week. He asked co-workers to give the sniff test before & after! Here’s their reactions as well as a some activities he did while the socks were on!