The socks were recently presented to Operation Footwork founder Brent Henry, whose organization distributes socks at homeless shelters throughout the city. Many of the socks collected in Corona will go to the local Westway and LaGuardia shelters.
“It’s a proven fact that socks are one of the most needed but least donated items in shelters across the United States,” Henry said.
Henry himself is homeless.
“I’m probably not your typical face of a homeless person,” he said. “I’ve been homeless for probably the last three years. I have a job, I’m well maintained and sustained, but housing is the obstacle.”
In October 2019, Operation Footwork started as a social media initiative. Henry promoted his cause through family, friends and followers. Since then, Operation Footwork has surpassed its goal of gathering 2,020 socks for 2020, already collecting nearly 4,000 socks for the homeless.
Henry is in the process of obtaining nonprofit status, but funding has been tight.
“I am certainly not against sharing clothing items that have previously been used, but for the purpose of my initiative I only accept new unused socks” said Henry. “I would like anyone who receives a sock donation from Operation Footwork to feel special and to know this gift was exclusive to them.”