Union Gospel Mission to Distribute 150,000 Pairs of Socks to the Homeless
Thanks to a big donation from Bombas socks, many of Portland’s homeless will be receiving a fresh pair of socks.
The equivalent of two semi truck loads of Bombas socks arrived at the Union Gospel Mission as part of Bombas’ one pair purchased one pair donated program.
“Homelessness is not only a social issue, but a public health issue as well,” says Union Gospel Mission’s executive director Bill Russell, “foot infections are common among the homeless.”
“Providing clean socks for those without access to laundry is an important part of a strategy to transition someone out of homelessness. Without the basic needs people can’t move forward,” said Russell.
According to Bombas website, “Bombas engineered a sock to specifically meet the needs of people who don't have the luxury of putting on a clean pair of socks every day. An anti-microbial treatment ensures they don't need to be washed as often, and reinforced seams and darker colors give them greater durability with less visible wear.”
The socks will be distributed to the homeless and people in need at Union Gospel Mission’s downtown location and distributed during the Mission’s five night per week Search + Rescue outreach, which reaches the homeless in camps located throughout the greater Portland area.