5TH ANNUAL SOCKTOBERFEST RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN EVERETT
People throughout Everett are collecting hundreds of pairs of new, warm adult socks to donate to homeless and low-income community members at the fifth annual “Socktoberfest” celebration held at Central Lutheran Church, located at 2702 Rockefeller Avenue on Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. That evening local residents and members of our homeless community will gather to enjoy live music, share bratwurst, locally brewed root beer, door prizes and fun. Socks will be distributed to all in need that evening.
This year we also plan to distribute gently used shoes donated by the Seattle organization, Redeeming Soles. There will also be a portable shower unit on site to provide the opportunity for people receive a hot shower.
Socktoberfest is a joint project of Central Lutheran Church and the Emmaus Community, a mission arm of Everett’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Socktoberfest began five years ago when then Everett Public Library employee, Debbie Paget, learned of the urgent need for warm socks during Everett’s winter months among the homeless individuals whom she met at the library. Paget together with the Emmaus Community and Trinity Lutheran College addressed that need with the first Socktoberfest in October 2011, distributing over 1,000 pairs of socks.
New adult pairs of socks may be donated for this year’s Socktoberfest event at locations across Snohomish County. These include:
- Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave, Everett
- Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett
- Central Lutheran Church, 2702 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
- Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett
(with more locations popping up)
Cash donations toward the purchase of socks are also welcomed. Checks may be mailed or dropped off at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 2927, Everett WA 98213. Please write “Socktoberfest” in the memo line. 100% of the money donated will go towards socks and a hot meal for those who attend this year’s event.
For more information, you may contact Leasha Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org (425.293.3896)