BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Today, Bloomfield Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN), and Knock Knock Give a Sock (KKGS) hosted a sock giveaway on at the New Light Baptist Church.

More than 25 shelters and community aid organizations operating throughout Essex County, that help low income and homeless individuals, were in attendance to receive the 30,000 pairs of new, never-worn socks. These organizations will distribute these clean socks to low income and homeless individuals.

“Essex County has many dedicated shelters, faith, and community based organizations that provide essential services to low income and homeless individuals, but unfortunately it can be difficult to acquire enough items, even basic clothing. Thankfully, Bloomfield Health and Human Services and NTNN’s efforts will enable many great organizations to carry out their missions,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “Knock Knock Give a Sock is a tremendous organization with a unique but common-sense mission to provide all individuals with quality new socks, so they can be comfortable and hygienic in all of their pursuits. We appreciate KKGS’s support and look forward to working with them again for this great cause.”

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KKGS is a New York based organization that gets their new socks from retailers and wholesalers across the country. This is Bloomfield’s first collaboration with KKGS, but Health and Human Services and NTNN are already working with KKGS to organize a Christmas giveaway.

“One of the reasons this sock giveaway came about is our department works with a lot of homeless and at risk homeless people, who rely heavily on public bathrooms to wash their socks, which sadly makes owning multiple pairs for long periods of time impractical,” said Health and Human Services Supervisor Paula Peikes. “Many of my department’s clients are outside for extensive periods of time, and wet socks can cause colds or infections. Owning clean socks is a critical part of life many of us may overlook. It was a humbling feeling to see the over 30,000 collected pairs of socks filling 200 boxes. Through our partnership with NTNN and KKGS, we hope to supply many more charitable organizations with socks to adequately supply all of the at risk Essex County population.”