Machinists collecting socks for Seattle non-profit

SEATTLE – Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again this year collecting socks to complement the work of Redeeming Soles, a Seattle non-profit that provides shoes for homeless people.

Shoes1Union stewards and members are being encouraged to bring new and unused men’s and women’s socks to their local lodge meetings in February and March. Donations also can be brought to District 751’s Seattle Union Hall at 9125 15th Place S.

Redeeming Soles does a fine job of collecting used shoes and sanitizing them so they can be worn by homeless people, but the organization doesn’t always have clean socks to give along with the shoes, said Robley Evans, the chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program at District 751. That’s where union members can help.

“As Machinists, many of us spend a lot of time on our feet,” Evans said. “We know the difference that simple things like comfortable footwear and dry socks can mean.”

For the past two years, District 751 MVPs have helped Redeeming Soles to distribute free shoes to Seattle-area homeless people during the annual King County United Way community resource exchange.

Last year, the union collected more than 300 pairs of socks to go along with the shoes. This year, the MVPs aim to surpass that total, Evans said.

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