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Thanks to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Vero Beach Sock Drive our most successful EVER!!

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What a success!

The Sock Hop was a huge success beyond my expectations. Every aspect of the evening was outstanding from the music to the dancing to the dance off to the generosity of everyone who came and participated. And it could not have happened without all of you.

We want to extend our special appreciation to the folks who made this whole evening come together: Walking Tree Brewery, Professor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus, Swingsation, and Tamara Darress and her Parisian Hostess Pin Up Girls! You are all wonderful!

The final tally of donated pairs is:
336 Men’s socks, 240 Women’s socks, 115 Kids’ socks…. For a total of 691 pairs of socks!! Amazing!

Even more socks will be purchased and added to that total thanks to the 50/50. Special thanks to the very generous Ms Raedonna Shapiro, 50/50 winner, who donated her winnings back to the Sock Drive.

Thanks again to everyone!


Well, we did it. Last year, our 4th year of the Sock Drive, we collected 11,134 pairs of socks. Amazing!!

In addition we collected T-shirts, gloves, slippers, toiletries, underwear and other miscellaneous items to give to the homeless and less fortunate. Congratulations to our Vero Beach community and to the hundreds of people who made individual donations from all over the country.

special shout out to the local businesses who made this possible. It all starts with White Glove Moving and Storage who donate the collection boxes that we spread throughout the county. Please scroll down to see the names of these businesses and organizations and patronize them when you shop.

Sock Drive in the news

Excerpted from Hometown News, 01/12/2023

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Vero Beach Sock Drive expands to St. Lucie and Broward County, aims to break record

by Mike Winikoff           

TREASURE COAST – The fifth annual Vero Beach Sock Drive runs from January through the end of February. Founder Barry Shapiro has put out the call for sock donations and businesses willing to serve as drop-off locations.

Hometown News answered that call, and this year our main office in Fort Pierce is an official sock drive drop-off location.

Although still called the Vero Beach Sock Drive, the volunteer effort has become so successful that they now also donate socks to charities in Sebastian, Fellsmere, St. Lucie County, and Broward County.

“When I first started this I was hoping to get 300-400 pairs of socks,” Mr. Shapiro told Hometown News. “But we got 1,000 pairs, and split those among three charities. Last year we collected over 11,000 pairs of new socks, and distributed them to 12 charities. So it’s really grown exponentially over time. The grand total of new, in the package socks that we have collected and distributed over the last four years is in excess of 23,000 pairs of socks.”

Read full article at Hometown News.




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In looking for a way I could help, I learned that SOCKS are the #1 requested item in homeless shelters. It was as if a lightbulb had gone off in my head – a simple, inexpensive way for people to do something good. I began by asking friends in the area to put donation boxes in their stores and places of business. I got large packing boxes from White Glove Moving and Storage and began posting daily on Facebook.

My goal that first year was 500 pairs of new socks. In short order I had collected over 1000 pairs. I realized there was enough to share the bounty so I split them with two additional charities. It was then I realized how much people want to do something good for others when given the chance – and a simple way to do it and the Annual Sock Drive was born.

The second year we upped the ante with more collection sites and a goal of 1000 pairs. Within weeks, we took in almost 3000 pairs of socks. And some t-shirts and baseball caps to boot. We expanded the number of charities served to 7 and made new connections in our community and beyond.

Entering our 5th year, we have collected and delivered over 23,000 pairs of new socks to the homeless, poor and less fortunate. It’s truly a testament to the quality and compassion of our community.

Barry Shapiro


There are a few reasons why socks are among the most sought-after piece of clothing to people without permanent housing. First, feet work overtime when there’s no cozy home (and laundry room) to return to each night. Another big reason is that socks and underwear aren’t often donated or, when they are, the goods can’t be sanitized and put to use.

COVID-19 has caused an uptick in need and a downturn in donations of essentials items. That’s where the Vero Beach Sock Drive comes in. We’re asking locals businesses and community members to support our effort to aid those in need by donating socks.


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We’d like to thank the Samaritan Center for their generous and beautiful donation of knitted caps!


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