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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.


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