Socks for Seniors OK
Thank you Masonic Lodge 36 for the use of your facilities to prepare our gift packages. We truly appreciate your partnership.
Socks for Seniors OK mission is to provide personal items, including but not limited to socks, for Senior citizens, most of whom are in local nursing homes at Christmas time. Often these Seniors have no local family members or limited interaction with their families and can feel lonely or forgotten during the holiday season. Socks for Seniors OK volunteers want to make these Seniors feel special and remembered by delivering, to the facilities, holiday bags which contain a pair of socks (the most needed item for most seniors in elder care facilities), and other personal care items, like toothbrushes, lip balm, hand soap, lap blankets etc. These bags and their contents are organized and stuffed by Socks for Seniors volunteers in December each year, but the work starts much sooner when volunteers meet to organize items and preparation donations for the bags.
2023 Sock Drive
It's never too early to start preparations for 2023. We are registered with Amazon and have created a list of needed items. The list will change throughout the year.
While we do appreciate product donations your donations to our PayPal account allows us to purchase items in bulk at better pricing
Socks for Seniors OK began in 2013 when founder, Sue McMillan and one other volunteer delivered gift bags containing socks and other personal items to 127 Seniors in three local nursing homes. They were inspired by the excitement they saw in those Seniors eyes during that first distribution and the next year they began asking for help from the public. They gave out information about Socks for Seniors and displayed large Christmas stockings in a few select businesses.
In 2016 Socks for Seniors OK was supplying 17 local nursing homes (974 seniors) and the volunteer numbers were starting to grow.
In 2017 SSO added the VA Alzheimer home in Norman, OK, and prepared 1,497 socks seniors.
February 26, 2018, Socks for Seniors Oklahoma became a formal 501(c)3 charitable organization allowing solicitation of tax deductible gifts from their supporters. In the fall Socks for Seniors OK began partnering with local agencies to also deliver bags to home-bound seniors.
In 2019, 12 Socks for Seniors OK volunteers delivered 2,000 gift bags to 27 nursing homes, the VA nursing home, the VA Alzheimer unit and over two dozen home-bound seniors. These bags included 700 lap blankets, hand tied by Socks for SeniorsOK volunteers.
Socks for Seniors Oklahoma does not have any paid employees and does not discriminate as to age, sex,(except to show which gifts are appropriate to men and which to women), religion, or race.