Sock drive

American Legion representatives shown with Shoe Sensation Manager Tom Hudock in this file photo, from left, are: J.D. Lester, Ben Cramer, Dennis Haas and Denny Knarr. They are shown with socks collected during last year’s “Socks for Troops” drive.

DuBOIS — A small gesture can go a long way in providing the country’s military personnel some comfort during the holidays.

Shoe Sensation in the Commons Plaza in DuBois is once again encouraging area residents to purchase socks that will be sent to local military personnel serving overseas, according to store Manager Tom Hudock.

Anyone who has served in the military, or has worked outdoors, especially in difficult conditions, knows the importance of keeping their feet dry and warm, or dry and cool, Hudock said. While the military does provide clothing, including socks, having a few extra pair is something those in the armed forces consider a special treat.

Extra socks are one of the top requests of U.S. personnel overseas, he said.

“This is our eighth year of doing a sock drive for our troops,” Hudock said. “We have received many thanks over the last several years from military personnel, their families, and supporters. We plan to keep this project going as long as there is a need for our troops overseas. This project is just one small way for us to show our appreciation to the men and women who serve in our armed forces.”

Last year, 1,300 pairs of socks were collected.

Socks may be purchased anywhere and dropped off at the DuBois Shoe Sensation store. Any regular priced socks purchased at the store will be discounted for donations.

Socks For Troops will run now through Dec. 31.

“And, as each year, we will continue to work with our partners at the DuBois American Legion to ensure our donations get to where they are needed the most,” said Hudock.

Any excess donations will be sent to Tomorrow’s Hope in Coalport, Pa., which helps approximately 50 homeless veterans. Tomorrow’s Hope provides transitional housing and services for veterans of U.S. Armed Forces.

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