The Socks for Seniors collection effort experienced a "wonderfully successful" second year in the Williamsport area, according to Karen Fisher, who led the local effort for 2013.
Socks for Seniors is a national non-profit group that encourages people to collect new socks that are distributed to the elderly in local area nursing homes around the holidays.
Fisher started the effort in 2012 to extend a kind hand to the local older population, and to help teach her then 2-year-old granddaughter, Sabra Fisher, the importance of helping others.
"This is a small way to give back to others who are sometimes forgotten," Fisher said. "In 2012 Sabra, her mom, Bethany, my sister, Judy, and I collected 180 pairs of socks and personally delivered them in three area facilities, including The Meadows, where Sabra's great-grandmother resides. The residents were thrilled that someone, especially a young child, was thinking of them and cared about them.
"In 2013 we collected and delivered 537 pairs of socks to four facilities. We also gave the residents candy canes with their socks," Fisher said. "We were also blessed to have students from CAPPA present a holiday choir concert at Rose View, and my daughter-in-law Bethany's piano students performed a recital at The Meadows.
"We cannot thank enough the local businesses who happily volunteered to serve as collection sites for the socks," Fisher added. "It's heartwarming to work with local businesses who want to support charitable efforts in our community."
The 2013 collection sites were Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co.; Gustonian Gifts; Solley Health First Chiropractic; Sweet Frog; Meck Senior Center, Muncy; and Elite Feet, Montoursville.