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December 17, 2012

Giving the Gift of Warmth

Karen Menzie started the event after a photograph left a lasting impression

Socks of all sizes and colors hung from clothing pins on four Christmas trees in the Logansport Lucas Home Furnishing store.

Karen Menzie, sales associate of Lucas Home Furnishing and creator of the event, smiled as she talked about the sock donations they were still receiving.

“Logansport is a giving community,” Menzie said. “I live in Logansport and was talking to co-workers about what we could do for the community and this is what we came up with.”

Now until Friday, Lucas Home Furnishing is accepting donations to fill the four trees for the second annual Sock Tree.

For every pair donated, Lucas Home Furnishings will donate two pairs. All socks will be donated to the Logansport Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission. Menzie said they collected 600 pairs at last year’s event.

“We have four full trees, and it is just awesome,” Menzie said. “Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission use them all year, which is wonderful.”

Major Rose Eagle, with the Salvation Army, said it’s great the socks are being donated.

“It’s great because socks are something anybody can use,” Eagle said. “To have a child be able to at least have a warm, cozy pair of socks whether they are going to school or at home is wonderful.”

As of last Friday, they had 300 pairs of socks donated, and plan to receive more.

“We’ve already bypassed last year’s donations,” Menzie said. “What’s so neat is we are seeing a lot of baby, young children socks because a lot of times when people come to shelters they have families with them.”

Menzie, who also owns Fancy Flea, first came up with the idea to have a sock tree event when she was looking through a Life Magazine to see how the White House was celebrating Christmas. Menzie said she is a decorator and wanted to see how they were decorating for the holidays. She said she turned a page that showed a homeless man sleeping on the street with a coat and old, dress shoes, but she noticed he had no socks on.

“This picture had such a lasting impression on me, that no matter the economy, I wanted to be sure anyone I knew in need would have nice, warm socks,” Menzie said in an email. “My co-workers and I talked about what was important to us and decided to help by having the sock tree. We all have our things that are important to us and this is something I have never been able to get out of my mind.”

After the first sock tree event last year, the Lucas Home Furnishings location in Kokomo decided to start a tree and donate to the Kokomo Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission as well.

“It gives me goosebumps thinking about all the donations we’ve received,” Menzie said. “I’m excited and so are the people who come in to donate.”

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

Want to donate?

What: 2nd Annual Sock Tree

Where: Lucas Home Furnishings, 2625 E. Market, Logansport

When: Bring donations by Friday

Why: All socks will be donated to the Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission. For every pair donated, Lucas Home Furnishings will donate two pairs.

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