December 8, 2013

Socking frostbite: Photograph sparks donation drive

Photograph sparks annual donation drive

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Karen Menzie started a local sock drive after a photograph left a lasting impression.

Years ago, she bought a copy of Time magazine to see how the White House was decorating for Christmas. While she was flipping through the pages, she turned a page to see a homeless man sitting in a street in the dead of winter with a coat and old dress shoes — but no socks.

The photograph stirred something inside Menzie. She knew she needed to help out.

In 2011, Menzie was talking with her coworkers about what could be done to give back to the community. She told them about the photograph she had seen.

“I can still see the image in my mind,” Menzie said. “It made an impact on me.”

Enter Menzie’s sock tree.

This year marks the third annual Sock Tree donation drive. For every pair of socks donated, Logansport’s Lucas Home Furnishing will contribute two pairs.

All the socks are donated to the Logansport Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission Center, two area organizations that work with locals in poverty.

As they are donated, the socks are attached to Christmas trees in the store with clothes pins.

Menzie has not been able to be as involved as she would like to be this year because she has been sick. She said in years past the store would let area residents know what was going on and they would bring socks in.

Menzie said she was touched to find that though they weren’t able to let people know as early as they wanted, community members still began bringing in socks.

The first year, the drive sent 1,100 socks to Salvation Army and Emmaus. About 1,900 socks were donated the second year.

“It has grown every year,” she said.

Menzie doesn’t have a goal in mind this year.

She said she is “appreciative of everything that is given.”

Menzie, who also owns Fancy Flea, wants to make sure anyone she knows has some “nice, warm socks.” After the first sock tree event, the Lucas Home Furnishings store in Kokomo decided to start a tree and donate to the Kokomo Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission.

The socks can be for babies, adults or children and can be for any season.

People have already started bringing socks in to the store. Three trees are currently set up and as one is filled, staff will start pinning socks to the next.

Those interested in donating socks should visit the store at, 2625 E. Market St. or call 574-516-1551 with questions.

Employees of Lucas Home Furnishing will assist donors with questions.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.

If you go: WHAT: Third annual sock tree WHEN: Business hours now until Dec. 23 WHERE: Lucas Home Furnishings, 2625 E. Market St. INFO: For every pair of socks donated, the store will contribute two pairs. Socks will be donated to the Logansport Salvation Army and Emmaus Mission.