LBI/Manahawkin Kiwanis Says ‘Sock It to Us’

By ERIC ENGLUND | Jun 26, 2019

Southern Ocean County — The Kiwanis of LBI/Manahawkin has begun its fourth “Happy Feet” collection program through which new socks are being collected for children in need, homeless veterans and victims of domestic abuse.

“In 2019, our goal is to give more people happier feet,” said project coordinator Faith Dixon. “So far,we have collected 14,000 pairs. We hope to increase the amount of socks collected from last year so we can distribute more. Our active military service people have reached out to let us know how much they appreciate the socks that we send to our troops.”

Dixon said a warm pair of socks is the most sought-after item among homeless people in the U.S. Clean socks prevent many common ailments and reduce bacteria and medical problems as well as warming cold feet and bringing dignity to a person’s life, she said. “Socks are often left out of clothing drives, so that’s why we started this program.”

The sock drop-off destinations are: Bay Avenue Community Center, Manahawkin; Between the Sheets, Ship Bottom; the Dixon residence, 510 Shore Ave., Ship Bottom; Ship Bottom borough hall;  Harvey Cedars borough hall; Octopus’s Garden, West Creek; and Trident Fitness & Performance, West Creek.

In addition, donations will be accepted at the free summer outdoor concerts in Ship Bottom on Thursday evenings at the waterfront park and Bayview Park in Long Beach Township on July 23, when the club is sponsoring a concert by Jimmy and the Parrots.

Monetary donations are also accepted; checks can be made payable to Kiwanis of LBI and mailed to P.O. Box 174, Ship Bottom, N.J. 08008. People can also donate online at lbikiwanis.org.

For more information, call Dixon at 609-405-2834.  —E.E.

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