Friday, December 13, 2013
The weather may be cooling down, but local charity Warm Feet Happy Hearts is heating up this December, getting ready for their upcoming sock donation on Christmas Day.
The organization was founded in 2010 by now 13-year-old Jordan Crabb, with a mission to keep every kid’s toes warm in the winter.
Their last donation of 2013 – at Without Walls Ministry’s “Birthday Party for Jesus” on Dec. 25 – may be their biggest event, but it doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy all year long with other projects.
Last January the organization was contacted by Pine Ridge Reservation, an American Indian reservation in South Dakota. In March Warm Feet Happy Hearts made a donation of socks and underwear – 15,000 pairs donated by Fruit of the Loom – to Pine Ridge.
In June, the group donated socks to Charleston area fire departments that were collecting supplies for the families of Oklahoma firefighters who were devastated by tornados.
The Daniel Island-based company Gildan also donated 1,000 boxes of infant socks to Warm Feet Happy Hearts, which they distributed to Trident Hospital and Summerville Medical Center in October.
Jordan’s mom, Shelley Gordon, also said she and other volunteers have been working toward the goal of making Warm Feet Happy Hearts a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so they can receive financial donations and ensure the financial longevity of the group.
She said as the organization expands, they also hope to expand their reach from children’s socks – the core of their mission – to covering adults too.
“We don’t want to take the focus off of the kids because that’s truly what Jordan’s goal is, she wants to help kids because she is a kid, but we’re noticing more and more there’s truly a need for homeless adults,” Gordon said.
As Warm Feet Happy Hearts wraps up the year, the group is making one last effort to collect as many socks as possible for their Christmas Day donation.
People wishing to participate may drop off socks at participating Chick-fil-A locations in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, West Ashley and James Island.
The Town also agreed to make Summerville Fire Departments drop off locations from now until Dec. 23, Gordon said.
Warm Feet Happy Hearts also welcomes donations from the public through sock drives at churches, schools and businesses.
Their goal is to collect 6,000 pairs by Christmas.
For Gordon, the drives go back to the organization’s founding values: “I just look at this as other people being able to serve other people, truly out of the goodness of their hearts.”