We wrapped up our 2018 Holiday Sock Drive in January. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to hear the first news about our 2019 Sock Drive, coming this fall! This year, Community Connections in Ketchikan and Prince of Wales were able to donate over 750 socks, along with numerous jackets, scarves, and hats. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
What is the Holiday Sock Drive?
We provide warm socks and winter outerwear to families and individuals in need during the holiday season. Many of them receive services from Community Connections. First we collect donations of socks, outerwear, and cash from the community. We organize all the donations, separate them into individual gift boxes (customized for each recipient) and then deliver the boxes to families in need.
Why should I give?
You can help make the holidays brighter for over a hundred individuals and families in our community.
We make deliveries to folks who may not have family to visit them during the holidays. Sometimes one of our visits makes all the difference.
Each donation goes to a disadvantaged individual in our southern southeast Alaska community. With your support we hope to do even better this year and provide a comfortable holiday to everyone in the Ketchikan and Prince of Wales area!
A Sock Drive Story
Three years ago there was a young man living in Ketchikan. He enjoyed hunting on nearby islands, including Prince of Wales, and even got an award for getting the largest mountain goat in his age group.
Then one day, he was involved in a car accident. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was transferred to a hospital in Colorado. When he was released, he was referred to Community Connections. After a while, staff determined that he might receive better care if he was part of an inpatient rehabilitation program. Alaska does not have any of those programs, so the young man was transferred to a program in the lower 48.
The new rehab program did not work out. He was released again, but by that time, the hospital had lost most of his belongings. He returned to Ketchikan.
This happened again: getting sent down south, it not working out, and the young man returning to Ketchikan, most of his belongings lost in the transition.
He now has an apartment and is making progress in his rehabilitation. He can’t go out hunting right now, but is glad to be back home in Alaska. However, he is still in need of clothes and other basic necessities. Through the sock drive we will be able to replace some of his belongings, including socks and outerwear that are crucial during the Southeast Alaska winter.
How did it start?
Sponsor our Holiday Sock Drive
Are you a business in Ketchikan or on Prince of Wales? Consider sponsoring our annual Holiday Sock Drive! Sponsorship includes your business logo on a Sock Drive ad, in the media of your choosing.
- Your business logo on a Sock Drive ad, in the media of your choosing (radio, print, etc.)
- Your name on our webpage here, as an event sponsor
- The knowledge that you’re helping keep our community warm this winter!
Contact us for sponsorship levels and more information.