Union County Families Served by Housing Providers Will Receive Generous Donations of Socks at the Homeless Sabbath
- The Frank K. Hehnly School Student Council members met in September to get acquainted with one another and to prepare for its first charitable event of the year, “Socktober.”
- Knowing the cold weather was soon to set in, the Student Council began a school-wide sock collection.
- Thanks to the generosity of the Frank K. Hehnly School community, this was the second successful year for “Socktober.”
Together with the School’s Art Club, artistic signs and “socks” were created to advertise October’s collection. Together, with the assistance of Ms. Cassandra DeVita and Mrs. Linda Hayes, co-advisors for the Student Council the drive collected from the generous families who donated about 200 pairs of socks.
On November 1,2018, Richard W. Brown, Asish Patel, Kate Kelly and Claire O’Neill from Monarch Housing and Amy Jones from Family Promise of Union County visited the school. The students and teachers presented the socks which will be shared with families that Family Promise and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless serve. This great collaboration at the School not only helped with the sock drive, but also demonstrated to all students involved in “Socktober,” that working together is a sure way to attain goals.
The sock drive met a basic need that many of us take for granted. As the weather grows colder, it is hard to imagine not having socks to keep our feet warm so this generous donation meets a clear need.
“This is our second successful sock collection for the Monarch Housing Associates and its Homeless Sabbath partners,” said Mrs. Hayes and Ms. DeVita. “Our Hehnly Student Council along with the school families were happy to donate to a worthy organization.”
“Warm winter clothing is a necessity this time of year,” said Amy Jones. “We are thrilled to receive these socks and will be distributing them to some very grateful recipients this winter!”
Organizers of the Homeless Sabbath weekend include:
- Community Access Unlimited
- Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
- Family Promise of Union County
- Gateway Family YMCA
- Iris House
- Monarch Housing and
- Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council
On the night of January 23, 2018, 459 people, including 41 people without shelter, experienced homelessness in Union County, according to NJ Counts, the Point-In- Time Count. Click here to read the full NJCounts 2018 report for Union County. On this weekend, we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.
Homeless Sabbath Weekend will specifically align with “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil” on Thursday, December 20, 2018, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue, Plainfield at 7:00 p.m. We are encouraging all who will be attending the vigil to bring donations of new mittens, scarves and hats for families and children.