ELIZABETHTOWN - A recent project through Adirondack Community Action Programs is helping kids in Essex County keep their feet warm and dry this winter.
In May, ACAP joined Community Action Programs from across the state in a project to "put socks on the feet and smiles on the faces" of more than 10,000 children in New York State.
ACAP staff members Jenn Bolton and Marge Garcia nicknamed the program "Sock it to Me," and set a goal to collect 600 pairs of socks to distribute to children throughout Essex County.
"With everyone feeling the pinch right now, we thought this would be a great way to give families a little extra help," said Garcia.
Collections started in June and ended Sept. 11. Altogether, the initiative collected 1,200 pairs of socks; double the original goal.
"We are thrilled that so many people got involved and helped us exceed our goal," said Bolton.
The majority of socks were donated by individuals and organizations in the community, including donations from staff and senior centers. Seniors participated in a challenge and between two sites, Willsboro and Essex, collected 167 pairs of socks. Support also came from Wal-Mart in Ticonderoga, and Target in Plattsburgh.
ACAP staff and community volunteers met last week, sorted socks, and have them ready to distribute to families in Essex County.
"A number of socks will be distributed through programs such as Head Start," said Garcia. "Others will be distributed through other agencies and through the local food shelves."