Welcome to the most wonderful time of year to be a sock fairy: Socktober!
We’re proud to announce that this year, 1% of all sales at The Sock Drawer for the first two days of October will go to The Drawer.
The Drawer is a charitable organization that provides warmth and dignity to homeless and underprivileged individuals through donations of socks and underwear. Founded in 2014 by Stew and Debby Shepard, The Drawer believes in the power of relationships and working together with community organizations, individuals and other partners to collect donations.
We’re so proud to partner with this organization, and not just because they have great taste in Drawer-themed names, just like we do! It’s part of our effort for Socktober, an occasion to give back.
What’s now a nationwide phenomenon began in Arkansas in 2011 with just one person, Socktober creator Brad Montague. When he learned that socks are one of the least donated and most needed items at homeless shelters, and that health and safety regulations often prevent donations of used socks, Brad decided to do something about it! (You can learn more about Socktober's origins here.)
Now each October, sock drives are held by different groups around the country to benefit homeless services centers.
At The Sock Drawer, one of our values is to give back to our community in whatever magical ways we can, big or small. In previous years we’ve donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as well as Art After Dark right here in San Luis Obispo. The Drawer shares many of our values:
There is a desperate need for clean socks and underwear among the homeless and underprivileged. At The Drawer, we help provide these essential needs to those who need them the most. ... We are continually in awe of the generosity of humankind, and thankful for the community’s support.
And so, sock lovers, the perfect days to shop are Oct. 1 and 2, 2021! We know our customers want to spend your hard-earned dollars with thoughtful, ethical businesses that share your values, and this is a great time to do just that. We’ve got a huge variety of holiday styles so you can stock up, but don’t overlook our inspirational, crazy and sassy and snarky sock collections! Even better, we carry lots of fabulous non-sock items (like home goods and stickers), too!
We so appreciate your support as we build our Socktober donations! And if you want to get involved with The Drawer and all the amazing things they do? Check them out at https://www.thedrawer.org/get-involved/
Or, if you’re in a position to do so, we encourage you to consider donating socks to homeless services providers in your own area during Socktober. Learn more here!