Hannah’s Socks to provide socks to less fortunate in Findlay

Open Arms, Findlay Hope House to receive aid from local nonprofit

TOLEDO, Ohio – August 5, 2009 Hannah’s Socks, a Perrysburg-based nonprofit focused on providing clothing necessities to the less fortunate, is now warming the feet and hearts of Findlay, Ohio.

Hannah’s Socks has recently begun providing socks to two shelters in Findlay, The Findlay Hope House and Open Arms. Both shelters will be receiving sock donations on a quarterly basis.

“Findlay Hope House provides numerous services to assist homeless families, but we rely on donors for some of the supplies necessary to do our work,” said Nicole Bowen, Shelter Case Manager. “Hannah’s Socks fills part of that need by providing socks to the people we help.”

Findlay Hope House is a homeless shelter for women and children, providing assistance that helps clients transition back to independent lives. (www.findlayhopehouse.org)

“Because of Hannah’s Socks, the women and children we shelter at Open Arms can continue to focus on healing without worrying about fulfilling basic needs,” said Jodi DeVore, Communications Coordinator. “We are looking forward to a continued partnership with the organization.”

Open Arms helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a 30-day emergency stay shelter, a child advocacy program and a rape crisis program. (www.openarmsfindlay.org)

“As Hannah’s Socks continues to spread across northwest Ohio, Findlay is a natural progression for us,” said Doris Turner, Hannah’s mom and co-founder of Hannah’s Socks. “With more and more people needing help, we are grateful that we are in a position to start expanding our northwest Ohio presence beyond the metro Toledo area.”

In the last four years, Hannah’s Socks has collected more than 100,000 pairs of socks to help those in need. Just this year, Hannah’s Socks appeared in PEOPLE Magazine and on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (episode to re-air Aug. 12). Collecting more than 40,000 pairs of socks so far in 2009, Hannah’s Socks relies on support from the communities it serves in the form of sock and financial donations.

For more information on Hannah’s Socks, visit www.hannahssocks.org. If you would like to donate socks or if your organization is interested in hosting a sock drive, please contact Hannah’s Socks at 419.931.4757.

Four years ago, then four-year-old Hannah Turner and her family were serving Thanksgiving dinner at a local homeless shelter. There Hannah saw a man whose shoes had split open, revealing he wasn’t wearing socks. Although her mother, Doris, reassured her the man’s shoes would keep his feet warm. Hannah wasn’t convinced and told her, “Mommy, he can have my socks.” The next day, Doris took Hannah to purchase and distribute socks to local shelters.

Hannah's Socks is a non-profit organization focused on providing clothing necessities to the less fortunate in Toledo, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and their neighboring communities. Hannah's Socks collects donated materials in the form of new men's, women's and children's socks and undergarments, then leverages partnerships with local shelters for distribution to both the homeless and to victims of domestic violence. In addition, it supports programs serving under-privileged children. For more information about the organization, visit www.hannahssocks.org.

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Fyi, on Sunday Aug 30, Hannah will be throwing out the first ball at the Mudhens.

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