Brooklyn collects socks for homeless in 'Sock-tober'

Here, piled in front of a warming fire, are some of the new socks donated by members of the Brooklyn neighborhood - before they were bagged up and distributed to help the homeless this cold winter.

The Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association's "Community Connections Committee" was behind a special drive called "Sock-tober". Committee member Cheryl Crowe explained, "With cooler weather coming on, during the entire month of October, we collected new socks — not used — in all sizes, for those in need."

Donations were dropped off at nine participating Brooklyn businesses. According to committee member John Karabaic, those shops were (in order of how many socks each brought in): Rose City Coffee, Array Bottle Shop, Botto's BBQ, Brooklyn Pharmacy, CoCo Donuts, Bullseye Glass, Mano Oculta, Meta Pizza, and Adapt Coffee. Some of the 542 pairs of socks collected were distributed in early November to Grout Elementary School, Rose Haven, and to the "PPS Clothing Closet".