Socks provided for needy in Vermont

Published: 26th November 2010

Socks provided for needy in Vermont
Homeless people in the city of Burlington, Vermont have been given warming foot wear as part of a community effort, aptly named Soles4Souls.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter's annual programme found socks and boots for 80 people sleeping rough in the city, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Additionally, doctors were on hand to examine the feet of those who arrived for the donations to make sure they were in good condition for the winter ahead.

Jim Michelson, an orthopaedic surgeon, told the newspaper that although homeless people are not much more likely to suffer foot ailments, they rely on their ability to walk much more than other people.

Around 80 pairs of merino wool surplus military socks of the same kind worn by the Vermont National Guard were given out, while 187 pairs of Mason, Columbia, Vasque and Redwing boots found new homes.

It follows reports in the Mid Devon Star that Cadbury workers have been tackling homelessness by collecting socks and selling food to raise cash for the St Petrocks charity.

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