For their next service project, INCA-RSVP is focusing on something simple, but vital: A clean pair of socks.
The volunteer group, which is for seniors and services in southern Oklahoma, holds an annual MLK Day of Service project. This year that project is a sock drive. INCA-RSVP project director Wanda Gray said the group is aiming to collect 500 pairs of socks, but hopes to exceed that goal.
“We wanted to do something affordable that people could participate in, because people are just getting through the holidays” Gray said. “$5 can put socks on 10 to 12 people, and that makes an impact.”
The socks will be distributed to veterans centers, homeless centers and directly to the homeless.
“Socks are a huge need,” Gray said. “They’re one of the least donated, but most requested items. And it’s logical for a homeless shelter, where they’re helping people who are walking for days.”
The group will be collecting socks until the end of the month. Gray said the socks can be any size, but must be new to be accepted as donations.
Gray said the group aims for small, specific projects each year. Last year, the group focused on collecting can openers for area food banks. Gray said she had the idea when a food pantry she was donating to told her they couldn’t accept cans that lacked pop-tops, due to a shortage of can openers.
“And I thought ‘okay, that’s bad, because if you can’t open them and you’re starving and that’s the only thing stopping you, we need to do something about that.’’
Donations can be dropped off at HFV Wilson Community Center, Ardmore Village Sutton Center, The Grace Center, Boys and Girls Club of Carter County in Ardmore and Lone Grove Senior Center in Lone Grove. Gray said other businesses can collect socks for the sock drive and contact the group at 580-371- 2352 or email