Mum Gemma pulls her socks up for ‘homeless’
AN APPEAL to fill socks for the homeless is attracting widespread support in Leek and across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Mother of four Gemma Iliff first saw the appeal on the Help for the Homeless CIC Facebook page and decided to take part by filling a pair of socks with items to help people.
She then put the idea on Facebook and now it has gained strong support from across the area.
Gemma said: “When I saw the idea I just thought I would fill a pair of socks with different items. I then thought it was such a good idea that I would spread it around some friends and it as now taken off.
“Another local parent Matt Wall is now helping me to run a Facebook page entitled Fill a Sock Appeal and we have now started to get the information out.
“It is really easy to help. You just need a pair of new adult socks, long ones are best and fill either one or both with items. If you are filling both socks please tie them together. If there is only one sock remember to also put the other sock in and label either male or female.
“I thought this was something different and would help people in need this Christmas. I am going to give a talk on homeless people at Leek High School.”
Some of the items recommended to fill the socks are toothbrush and toothpaste; roll on deodorant; sweets and chocolate; comb; hand sanitiser; gloves; hand warmer and sanitary items for females.
The socks need to be dropped off at one of the collection points which have now been set up by Tuesday, December 18 at: ▶ Woodcroft First School – Leek; ▶ Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour – Smithfield Centre, Leek;
▶ Duck Feathers – Leek;
▶ Little Stars Childcare Cheddleton;
▶ Lunar Lift Off – Ashbourne; ▶ Haregate Community Centre – Leek;
▶ Hartington Farm Shop and Cafe – Hartington;
▶ The Reform Inn Thorncliffe – Thorncliffe.
Once they have been collected, all the socks will then be taken to the Help for the Homeless in Chell Heath, who will then distribute them to the homeless in time for Christmas.
Gemma said: “Please help us get as many people involved as we can. This is not our initiative but one we are supporting so please go check out the Church of the Saviour Chell Heath, Help for the Homeless Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ Helpforthehomeless.
“They are also trying to raise £500 to help the homeless this winter, you can check out their page at: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ jeannette-jackson-1. –