A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the State Senate.
“A new pair of socks can be a sign of hope to many homeless men and women in New Jersey,” said Bateman. “Almost 8,500 New Jerseyans face homelessness today, the gift of warmth provides health, well-being, and comfort.”
The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.
Highlighting the importance of the initiative, Kiwi, a homeless person, said, “…sometimes socks can be more important than food.”
Several other states, including New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania, have adopted similar resolutions designating “Socks for the Homeless Day.”
“Creating a statewide ‘Socks for Homeless Day’ will bring awareness to the hardships our homeless face,” added Bateman. “As winter is filled with snow and cold, a simple gift of socks can provide a helping hand to those in need.”
The legislation now heads to the Assembly for approval.