ADH, Area on Aging staff pull off successful sock drive

Friday, January 26, 2018
The Carroll County Health Unit and the Area Agency on Aging staff collected 160 pairs of new socks this January for local residents in need.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

Your dryer wasn’t the only one collecting socks this month.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Area Agency on Aging staff collected 160 pairs of new socks this January for those in need in Carroll County.

Lisa Holt, Carroll County Health Unit administrator, said the sock drive was held as part of ADH Cares, a support group within the health department that wanted to do something for local communities.

“The sock drive started out for the elderly, but I think they changed it to anyone in need,” Holt said. “I think we’re going to try to dedicate them to local nursing homes.”

Renee Gonzalez, regional manager of the Area Agency on Aging for Carroll, Boone and Newton counties, said the agency has a few clients in the community who will really benefit from the sock drive.

“We’ll try to get a list together,” she said. “We have about 160 pairs of socks to give out.”

The sock drive ended last Friday, Jan. 19, and Holt said she was impressed by how many pairs were collected.

“It was all in house,” she said. “It was just health unit staff and Area Agency on Aging employees collecting socks.”

Gonzalez says socks are an important but often overlooked item for people in need during the winter.

“What this is hopefully going to do is provide some extra warmth for seniors and those in need,” she said. “A lot of times, programs think about food and toiletries and things like that, but they don’t always think about clothing. Hopefully, this will help supplement some of those needs.”

Holt said the health unit was thrilled that the Area Agency on Aging employees helped them with the sock drive.

“We’re just tickled to death that they collected them, too,” she said. “It makes our numbers look better. We’re excited that between the two agencies we were able to do this for the people in need right here in our county.”

“We’re all about helping the community,” Gonzalez said.

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