Socks for Homeless Day
By Adith Thyagarajan
Imagine a cold brutal winter day. The sky is gray and gusts of wind roar. All you can hear is the chattering of teeth and the sound of clutter rolling on the sidewalk. Then, you see a man. He wears a shredded coat and brown hat. He is on the sidewalk, wincing every time his feet come in contact with the ground. And as you look down, he has shoes with multiple holes and inside them are ripped striped tan socks. No one on Earth wants to see such a sad situation.
From here entered Jay Muthukamatchi. He wanted to put an end to homelessness and help the unfortunate so, in 2015, he started Charity Crossing, a non-profit organization devoted to helping others. After two years, he decided to launch a campaign, to make February 14th known as Socks For Homeless Day. Here is an interview with him:
The author: What influenced you?
Mr. Muthukamatchi: Well, I and Premier Charities hold food servings every Sunday, at Wilmington, and I saw the homeless shivering in the cold, during the winter. They often came barefoot or in unhygienic socks to our servings, and I could not bear it, so I decided to launch Socks For Homeless Day.
The author: What is the purpose?
Mr. Muthukamatchi: The purpose of this legislation is to keep people warm and healthy and create engagement and awareness for the public on this issue.
The author: Why did you choose socks?
Mr. Muthukamatchi: Well, we collected clothing, and we noticed there were less socks, and through the food serves, we found out it was needed. The main point was to make the donations easier for the public, meaning making it meaningful and affordable.
The author: If you were with the president on the elevator, what would you say?
Mr. Muthukamatchi: I would say… encourage private, public, and government partnership to take care of the less fortunate. Government alone can’t do everything.
The author: Where did you get this idea?
Mr. Muthukamatchi: Well, I was already doing drives, and there were less socks and through the drives, I knew that we needed more socks. I also got inspiration from Joy of Socks, another nonprofit.
So, from now onwards, February 14th will be known as Socks For Homeless Day in Delaware. So the next time you see a homeless person on the road and feel sorry for them, donate. Make a change and try to make at least one smile by donating to this cause. This will impact many people and create awareness that something that seems least noticed in our lives is a big thing for those who are unfortunate. Since it is Valentine’s Day, why not show our love to the unfortunate by donating socks, the cloth that gives our feet love?