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Group gives socks to Coastal Manor residents
Coastal Manor resident Maria Contreas and her mother, Antaanten, smile as volunteers from Socks for Seniors visit Tuesday. The volunteers are Savannah Clary, Allenhurst Mayor Thomas Hines, Deborah Hines, Zada Hammock and Dylan Williamson. - photo by Mikee Riddle

On Tuesday, a group from Allenhurst gave new socks to residents at Coastal Manor in Ludowici.

The socks were from the Socks for Seniors program. Allenhurst Mayor Thomas Hines headed up the day and said giving the socks was a way to brighten the seniors’ day, but also to help them throughout the year. He said he started thinking about such a program when his mother-in-law moved in with him and his wife several years earlier.

“My mother-in-law was like most other seniors, having a hard time keeping her feet warm,” Hines said. “Just about all older people have a hard time with this, especially during the wintertime. Providing them with extra socks is a way to help them during the cold months, but also throughout the year.”

He said this was the second year he helped with Socks for Seniors and that it was possible because of the sponsors.

There were drop boxes for donated socks at Allenhurst Presbyterian Church, River of Life Ministry, Sheppard’s Mini-Storage and the SNF Chemtall plant.

Hines said Socks for Seniors was started in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002. He said it has grown every year and now spans the United States.

Coastal Manor resident Patricia Fore said she appreciated the socks and the treats brought to nursing home.

“It’s real nice seeing these people come out here,” Fore said. “The socks come in handy, and the candy canes are nice, too. When people stop by and visit us, it makes our day.”

In addition to Hines, other volunteers were his wife, Deborah; grandchildren Zada Hammock and Dylan Williamson; and friend Savannah Clary. Hines said the volunteers also enjoyed the visit.

“When you take the time to do something like this for them, by stopping by and spending a little time with them, they enjoy it, but you also enjoy it, probably as much or more than they do,” he said.

Hines said that the group gave out more than 500 pairs of socks to 98 residents during the visit.

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