A team of DIY bloggers, in conjunction with Hometalk.com, have teamed up to collect socks for folks on the New Jersey coast who lost everything to Hurricane Sandy.
Why socks? Laura Kuhlmann, the blogger who spearheaded the project, lives near Tuckerton Beach, New Jersey. Her beachside community was hit hard by the storm – more than 600 houses could be rendered uninhabitable. When her sister-in-law went to volunteer at the local emergency shelter, what she found was a glut of clothing, but not enough socks. People in the shelter were walking around barefoot because there were simply not enough socks.
"There were people who lost everything and only had the clothes they were wearing. All they wanted out of anything they could have had, they wanted a pair of dry socks – just a pair of socks. I couldn't get that out of my head because I get cold feet sometimes and I know how good it feels when you put a pair of warm socks on," said Kuhlmann.
Kuhlmann, who blogs on The Shed, is part of a close-knit community of DIY bloggers. True to its DIY nature, the members of her community have mobilized to publicize Socks for Sandy.