WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The need for a pair of socks hit home for Ellie Burggen during a recent church mission trip to New York City.
As Burggen, a sophomore at Mount Tabor High School, was handing out food and water to passers-by, she said several women asked if she and her group had socks.
“I was taken aback by the request, thinking to myself ‘don’t most people have socks, even the poor?’ ” Burggen said.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized that they may not, and it’s not just in places like New York, but on our community, too.”
That’s why Burggen chose to participate in Mount Tabor’s sock drive, which is connected to a Hanesbrands Inc. effort to donate at least 250,000 pairs nationally to shelters and groups that serve the homeless and those living in high poverty areas. The company has been providing sock donations for five years.
Mount Tabor contributed 1,114 pairs of socks, making them the winner of a competition between eight Forsyth County high schools. Hanesbrands is donating $1,000 to Mount Tabor for its first-place finish.
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