By Rosemary Pollock
LDS Stake Collects Socks for Africa
MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA -- Members of the Murrieta Stake of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are stockpiling socks for
distribution in Africa. Boxes of socks, gray, blue, black or even
teeny pink and purple socks will do. This luxury item has Leah
Edwards and others gathering more than 400 pairs of socks for the
June 1 deadline of 5,000 pairs they hope to collect.
"We just never think about socks in this country, because people can
afford them," said Edwards, the 67-year-old sock collector. "It makes
you realize how much we have, how much we truly have." Operation Sock
Drop began by chance when Tom Anderson, a church member and vendor on
the streets of Mombasa, Keny saw the need for help.
Walking along an impoverished street, Anderson got the idea from a
vendor who proposed a swap of his black socks for a carving. Anderson
told his wife, who contacted the Relief Society, and the "sock it to
'em" stockpiling began. "It's just something to make their lives a
little more comfortable," Anderson said. "I'm just tickled it worked
out so well."
People interested in donating socks for shipment to Africa can donate
until June 1. Contact the Mulligan Family Fun Center, 24950 Madison
Ave., Murrieta or KMart, 26471 Ynez Road, Temecula, California. For
further information call (909) 696-2191.
Church is stocking up to ship socks overseas
Riverside CA Press-Enterprise 19May01 D1
By Joe Vargo: The Press-Enterprise
A Murrieta congregation hopes to collect 5,000 pairs by June 1 and send them to Africa.