One man’s sock is another’s comfort

2015-04-30 14:47
Jaymo Reynolds (left), a pupil at Bergvliet High School, collected socks and scarves to donate to the Bergvliet Lions Club winter sock project for the homeless. Here he is with Sandy Roman, secretary of the Lions Club.


Jaymo Reynolds (left), a pupil at Bergvliet High School, collected socks and scarves to donate to the Bergvliet Lions Club winter sock project for the homeless. Here he is with Sandy Roman, secretary of the Lions Club. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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On a cold, wet, winter’s day, there is nothing better than pulling on a nice warm, dry pair of socks.

And with the help of the Lions Club of Bergvliet a number of homeless people are able to do just that.

After last year’s very successful project, the Club is once again appealing for donations of new socks, for both adults and children.

Sandy Roman, Club secretary, says the club thought it would be a small gesture to help mostly those living on the streets get a little bit warmer and more comfortable during winter.

“The Club collected and distributed in excess of 365 pairs of socks last year and we are hoping to do the same this year,” she says.

Roman says two years ago, one of the Club members, Jean Knaggs, suggested that they hand out warm scarves to the homeless, newspaper vendors, beggars or as they saw fit, while driving to and from work. “She personally made the scarves and the club sponsored some whilst a friend of hers paid for a couple of scarves. We were able to distribute 110 scarves and last year we decided on distributing socks. As these are not so costly, we thought we would appeal to the public as well,” she says.

Roman says the club members distributed the socks personally by driving to places where it’s known the homeless congregate.

“I handed out socks one morning to all the men on the side of the road on Rosmead Avenue, from Ottery Road to Broad Road in Wynberg, while some members drove around one Sunday afternoon from Plumstead to Retreat and handed out socks,” she says. Roman says the reaction from the recipients has been gratefulness and that it’s “quite touching to see something so small being received so well”.

“The community were also unbelievable in showing their support. They were so willing to donate socks and cash to our appeal. We even received other items like blankets, caps and warm clothing,”she says. A pupil at Bergvliet High School, Jaymo Reynolds, went all out and donated a large amount of socks and scarves to the club.

Roman says the public can donate any items they wish as all will be gratefully accepted and passed onto the right people. “There is so much need out there and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. To date we have assisted people in Mitchell’s Plain, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Bergvliet, Plumstead and Wynberg,” she adds.

There is a collection box at the Meadowridge library if anyone would like to donate socks to the club.


Anyone interested in the work the Club does can email or call Sharon on 072 341 2417 or Sandy on 021 762 1048

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