RSVP 55+ hosts another successful Lots of Socks drive

RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) thank everyone who donated to the 11th annual Make a Difference Day Lots of Socks & More drive. Donation boxes were located around the county during the month of October to collect socks and underwear for needy children in Greene County. Due to the generosity of Greene County residents, approximately 1,410 pairs of socks and underwear have been distributed to the children of Greene County.

RSVP volunteers collected the donated items and sorted them by gender and size. Cash donations of $305 were used to purchase additional socks and underwear. These items were then delivered to RSVP’s partner organization, New Opportunities, where a pair of socks and underwear were given to each child that signed up to receive a Christmas bag. Remaining items were provided to the Greene County schools to distribute to students throughout the school year as needed.

Other donated items were diapers, pull-ups and wipes. These items were given to the Greene County Early Learning Center for use in their infant and toddler childcare program. These much needed supplies will provide for 397 changings for children of lower income households.

“With the generous donations we received, RSVP was able to help many children stay warm and dry this winter. We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Lots of Socks & More project,” said Sheilah Pound, Greene County RSVP volunteer coordinator.

Annie Buttler (left) and Sheilah Pound with the hundreds of pairs of socks gathered in RSVP 55+’s Lots of Socks and More drive.

RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is a national non-profit agency through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Signature RSVP programs include GAP (Grocery Assistance-shopping Program) which provides volunteers to shop for elderly and disabled residents who are unable to get groceries from store to home and the in-home visitation program that connects volunteers with socially-isolated older adults and/or disabled adults to bring them friendship and a connection to the community. RSVP volunteers are also placed within Greene County Elementary, Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center, Early Learning Center and as mentors in the New Opportunities mentor program. RSVP also looks forward to exploring new volunteer partnerships. All RSVP programs are offered FREE to participants.

Persons who want more information about the RSVP 55+ Volunteer Program can contact Greene volunteer coordinator Sheilah Pound at 515-370-1099.

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