TENNERTON – Shoe Sensation is gathering socks for the Upshur County Senior Center through Sept. 25.
Shoe Sensation store manager Genevia Jenkins said the senior center makes Christmas baskets for the seniors and one of their most-needed items were socks, so if you’re stopping in Shoe Sensation to buy a new pair of kicks, why not add on a donation of socks for seniors to your purchase?
On Saturday, Sept. 25, Upshur County Senior Center Director Sarah Campbell will pick up the donations.
“Our goal is to be able to donate at least 100 packs of socks for men and women, so we’re going to reach our goal, and we have a representative from the senior center, who is coming at noon, that Saturday, and she will be accepting the donation, her name is Sarah Campbell and she’s the director of the Upshur County Senior Center,” Jenkins said.
The Senior Appreciation Day will run from noon to 3 p.m., where customers will be eligible for door prizes.
“For customer appreciation, we will be drawing for door prizes, and we’ll also be having refreshments,” Jenkins said. “We just wanted to show our appreciation for all the customers that come to us and all month long we have been giving out 20 percent off coupons; anybody can use them, but it’s just a senior initiative that we’re doing.”
Jenkins said she wanted to work on a project that benefitted the senior community after raising items for the Upshur County School Comfort Closets in August.
“I noticed we have a lot of senior customers, and we have had such a great response with the Comfort Closets, so we’ve helped the children, and now, maybe we should try to reach out for the seniors,” Jenkins said. “Our customers really like the convenience that we’re doing something to benefit the community, and they can act on it the day they come in to purchase something: they can add a pack of socks and make a difference.”
Shoe Sensation will continue to accept donations of socks leading up to the event Sept. 25.
“I did some research and believe it or not, it’s one of the most needed things in the elderly community and also in the homeless community,” Jenkins said. “If you ask a homeless person or an elderly person about one of the top needs that they have, it’s socks.”