Group gathers socks for people experiencing homelessness

CINCINNATI -- For the second year in a row, 6-year-old Chase Northcutt and his parents are rocking socks around the Christmas tree. 

It's for a project they call "Socks Rock." Last year, they collected more than 2,000 socks from friends, neighbors and classmates to help people who are homeless.

"The people that don't have socks have cold feet in the winter," Chase said. 

Shelters for people experiencing homelessness do need new socks, according to Socks Rock founder Suzanne Northcutt.

"A lot of times, they have to pay out of their own pockets for these items," she said. 

Todd Northcutt, Chase's dad, said his son looks forward to seeing more socks arrive every day. Some have been sent via Amazon. Some have come from overseas. 

The Northcutts said they're using it as a teachable moment for their son, so he understands Christmas isn't only about receiving. 

"You know, there has to be a point where we say, 'What can we give, and what do others need," Suzanne Northcutt said. 

They've already collected at least 600 pairs of socks since the beginning of December. They'll keep collecting for at least another week. They're accepting donations at the Vitamin Shoppe on Mall Road in Florence during regular business hours through Sunday, Christmas Eve.

Socks donated this year will go to the local charity Maslow's Army. President and Co-founder Samuel Landis said the socks mean a lot for people experiencing homelessness.

"Socks is such a basic necessity, it's such a basic need that people overlook," he said. 

Chase is helping make sure that doesn't happen. He said he wants to "keep people's feet toasty."

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