As part of a monthly giving project started by the Coastal Mendocino Association of REALTORS® (CMAR), a sock drive to benefit the Mendocino Coast Hospitality House was conducted during the month of January. REALTORS®, employees at their offices and some business affiliates of CMAR joined in the “Sock It To Me” sock drive, collecting new socks for use by those in need. Over 200 pairs of socks, plus a gift certificate to purchase additional socks, were presented to Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center’s Executive Director, Anna Shaw.
CMAR President, Carol Ann Walton stated, “We are pleased to be able to support the Hospitality House. They have given so much to those in need in our community.”
The Hospitality House began operating a homeless shelter in 1986. In recent years, the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center has added additional services for the homeless and mentally ill in our community – including Transitional Housing projects, case management services, vocational services, mental health services and more. The Hospitality House was chosen as the first recipient of the monthly giving project, in order to assist those without homes, as a step towards self-sufficiency. Homeless people are on their feet almost all day, often wearing the only pair of socks they own, which are likely to be wet on the moist Mendocino Coast. While many local residents donate used clothing to the Hospitality House, donations of new socks are rare. In order to help reduce the gap, CMAR selected a sock drive as a way to help.
Photo: CMAR Association Executive Lesli Langslet, CMAR President Carol Ann Walton, Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center Executive Director Anna Shaw