It’s winter! With one of the coldest spells we have endured in years covering the state, many are enduring hardships. The Bonnes Amies Club of Piedmont helped prepare local families for the icy blast. After collecting during the fall, the Sock Blast Sock Hop brought in socks for needy families and homeless friends.
The Bonnes Amies’ first socks for the homeless collection drive was extremely successful! After the Sock Hop ended the pile of socks was a mountain, not a mole hill! Over 4,000 pairs of socks of all sizes were donated to aid our friends who have hit on hard times. Often homeless folks receive coats and blankets, scarves and gloves to fight off the cold, but socks are mostly forgotten and layers of them may be needed.
Culminating the collection drive, the Sock Hop was held at the Piedmont Community Building on Saturday night, October 28th, where DJ Sam Bigby provided the fifties entertainment. Club members and families and friends joined in the festivities as we all remembered our youth with poodle skirts, rolled down socks, and rolled up jeans!
Socks have been shared with PERC (Piedmont Emergency Relief Commission) and local schools including Sue Cleveland Elementary, Grove Elementary, and Woodmont Middle as well as several Anderson County schools. These groups were thrilled to add new socks to their clothes closets! Woodmont Middle’s gym teachers were excited to be able to provide socks for their students’ rapidly growing feet. Grove’s principal, Deborah Bauer, said that her low-income school finds gifts coming from so many wonderful places, and she was thrilled to accept this donation. At Sue Cleveland, Tammy Boggs, the Instructional Coach, was so impressed with this charitable work that she wants to join the club.
The Bonnes Amies members want to extend a grateful Thank You to all who contributed to this effort, and we hope to continue these drives in the future.