• Tuesday, November 27, 2012

C.J. Swartzwelter and Jordan Danielle relax after sorting 3,400 pairs of socks that were given away in Charleston’s Hampton Park by the Without Walls Ministry on Thanksgiving Day.

The Lowcountry has gotten its first frost advisories of the season, and just in time Jordan Danielle is again collecting socks to keep children’s feet warm all winter.
Three years ago, Jordan started her mission of collecting socks. With a lot of logistical help from her mom, Shelley Gordon, Jordan’s Warm Feet Happy Hearts organization has collected more than 13,600 pairs of socks in that time, including 3,400 pairs so far this year.
The Oakbrook Middle School sixth-grader said she does it because she likes helping other kids.
The reaction she gets from most of her fellow students is fairly muted – she gets the occasional, “Oh, you’re the sock girl” – but her efforts have inspired a few other students to think about creating their own groups to collect other necessities.
Many of the socks collected so far this year have come from Dorchester District 2, because several schools are serving as collection sites and some schools had sock drives as part of a “Sock it to Drugs” theme during Red Ribbon Week.
But nearly all of the pairs collected thus far have already been distributed – 2,600 pairs in Hampton Park on Thanksgiving Day by the Without Walls ministry and 300 pairs dedicated to be sent overseas.
That means Jordan has a lot of socks to collect so she’ll have enough to distribute Christmas Day at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Gordon said they try to make sure each person gets at least six pairs of socks. As she travels from school to school picking up the donations, she talks to other students and tells them her daughter’s story. She tells the youngsters that their ideas are worth hearing.
“(Jordan) had this idea when she was 10, and we have put socks on more than 1,500 kids’ feet,” she said.
The next step, Gordon said, will be to incorporate the group so it can truly grow, but she needs help with the legalities.
Anyone wishing to donate socks, sized infant to adult, can drop off new pairs or packages at any Summerville town fire station, at most District 2 elementary schools, or at the Chick-Fil-A on Dorchester Road, which will also have a craft night on Dec. 17 promoting sock donations.
For more information, go to www.warmfeethappyhearts.org.


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