holmes 2022 sock driveAURORA – To help area veterans who are experiencing homelessness this winter, State Senator Linda Holmes, working with Guardian Corps of America, is holding a sock drive to benefit shelters across the 42nd District.

“Socks are a major sought-out item of clothing by people experiencing homelessness,” said Holmes (D-Aurora). “With winter approaching, I’m asking people to consider donating a pair of new socks to help our heroes in need to keep warm.”

Worn-out or ragged socks put people at serious risk of foot disease and, during the winter months, in severe danger from the cold. As a result, new socks are greatly needed by those experiencing homelessness — but they are the least donated clothing item at homeless shelters.

From Dec. 5 to Jan. 5, community members are encouraged to donate new socks for men and women at the collection locations below:

  • Prisco Community Center located at 150 W Illinois Ave., Aurora
  • 95th Street Library located at 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville
  • Oswego Public Library located at 32 W Jefferson St., Oswego

"Freedom is meaningless if people cannot properly clothe themselves! There is absolutely no reason why a person who fought and defended their country should be homeless and without proper clothing,” said Tony La Piana, Executive Director for Guardian Corps of America, who will distribute the socks. “The Stockings for Homeless Veterans Drive will benefits hundreds of homeless veterans.”

GCA works directly with homeless veterans, distributing Operation EDDA Homeless Person Survival Kits that include clothing, non-perishable food, sleeping gear and other everyday essential items.

For questions or additional information, contact Holmes’ office at 630-820-8650.