The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, Carrfour Supportive Housing, in conjunction with the City of North Miami Beach, coordinated Socks on a String, a sock drive to collect socks for the homeless community.
With the help of local schools, restaurants and businesses, North Miami Beach donated more than 2,300 pairs of socks to Carrfour Supportive Housing, an organization that aides homeless individuals in the county.
The socks were donated as a part of Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Awareness Day, Nov. 15.
“We did it because the cool weather is coming and a lot of homeless people don’t have socks,” said Vice Mayor Barbara Kramer, who is a member of the Homeless Trust.
Aside from placing collection bins around city hall Kramer reached out to local houses of worship, businesses and schools to help in the collection effort.
Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School junior Amanda Waldmann spearheaded efforts to collect socks in her school after she got word of the collection.
By recruiting various businesses and restaurants Amanda and her classmates helped collected more than 400 pairs of socks.
“It was a great effort,” Kramer said the efforts from of Amanda and her classmates.
Amanda said “it was an amazing the feeling,” when she saw the amount of socks her classmates and those in the community collected.
Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School and Fulford United Methodist Church were among the entities that helped with the collection, according to Mark Perkins, public information officer with the city.
“ I am super happy with the turnout of donors,” Kramer said. “It’s just a great way to start the holidays.”