Socks and Shoes Ministry

I have yet to have a person that lives on the street refuse a clean pair of socks. People that are homeless tend to walk a lot.  Also, when it rains their clothes,shoes and socks often get wet.  It is for these reasons that a ministry that provides socks and shoes to the homeless is a great idea.

Socks can be new or used (freshly washed).  They don’t need to be expensive.  Keep in mind that a homeless person does not have a washer and dryer so the socks may be discarded after a few days. 

Shoes are also a must.  Getting the correct size is the problem.  Size 8 – 12 is common.  Basic used tennis shoes or sneakers are fine.   Garage sales, thrift stores or flea markets are good places to look. You should be able to pick them up for a few dollars a pair.   If you get canvas shoes you can run them through the wash.  Otherwise you can use Lysol to disinfect them before giving them to someone. 

This would be a great ministry for a group of people that wanted to pool their resources and collect shoes and socks.  If this works out then you can always move into a clothing ministry as well.