Socks for the Sole deserves support

Helps make sure area kids are properly outfitted for school

Hard as it is to believe, it’s almost time to begin outfitting youngsters for their return to school. The assorted clothing and supplies they will need can end up being a fairly hefty expense. For those families with limited incomes, the challenge can be especially daunting.

That’s why the seventh annual Socks for the Sole sock drive is underway. The Community Health Center, 126 N. 10th St., and Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S., are again teaming up to help provide socks for youngsters who need them. Donations of socks can be dropped off at the Community Health Center or Shimkat Motor Co. through 4 p.m. Monday.

Youngsters in need of a pair of socks will have that problem addressed if they stop by the Community Health Center’s booth at the Back to School Bash, which will be held at Crossroads Mall Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“It seems like a really small thing, but there are plenty of children out there that don’t have a good pair of socks — clean socks, warm socks,” Lydia Schuur, outreach coordinator for Community Health Center, told The Messenger earlier this week.

That point was underlined by T.J. Pingel, general sales manager at Shimkat Motor Co.

“People hear of coat drives and donations for kids, but a lot of people don’t really think of socks,” he said. “Putting on a nice pair of socks in the morning, it just gets your day going the right way.”

The Messenger agrees. We applaud this worthy undertaking and urge our readers to give it strong support.