WILLISTON, VT – For the seventh year in a row, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to donate over $13,000 worth of socks and support to local homeless shelters.
The donations are the result of a joint effort between the three businesses to help provide warm, Merino wool socks and much-needed support to the areas homeless population in preparation for the areas colder months.
September 14-16, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held their seventh annual Charity Sock Sale. Lenny’s pledged to make a monetary donation for each pair of Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool socks sold during the sale. In addition, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool graciously provided boxes of socks to donate. The organizations receiving the donations include the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Martha’s Kitchen in St. Albans, the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre, and JCEO Community Outreach Emergency Services Program in Plattsburgh.
“We all understand how harsh the winter can be in Vermont, and our homeless patients are the most vulnerable during this time," said Erin Ahearn, Director of the Community Health Centers Homeless Healthcare Program. "Adequate clothing is perhaps the most pressing need for homeless residents. All items are necessary, but clean, dry socks are among the most critical. Wool is recommended because cotton loses its insulating properties when it gets wet. We tend to take such simple clothing items for granted, but more and more homeless people are coming to CHCB with this need.”
To date, Lenny’s has donated over $96,000 worth of socks and support to our community.