Updated: December 11, 2020 10:42 PM
Created: December 11, 2020 05:30 PM
During the winter, warm feet makes all the difference. But for those who've come under hard times, basic necessities like socks aren't always available.
To provide a little extra warmth this season, Grandma's Marathon donated 500 pairs of socks to Life House in Duluth, and organization that helps young adults get back on their feet.
During last year's registration for Grandma's Marathon, runners were asked if they wanted to purchase a pair of socks to be donated to Life House. 100 people helped out, and the Marathon matched those donations, bringing the total to 500 new pairs of thick, warm socks.
"We get so much from the community throughout the year to help put on our race and all of our events throughout the year," says Zach Schneider, the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Grandma's Marathon. "To be able to give back in some small way is really good for us."
Jordon Johnson is the Executive Director at Life House. He says it's small things like socks are what help build trust with the people who are seeking their help.
"It's the small details that go a long way," says Johnson. "And that's how we start to build trusting relationships. And young people knowing that people care for them, it's because of those little, small details. And socks is one of those little, small details where your feet are warm, you know, the rest of you becomes warm inside."
Johnson says Life House appreciates Grandma's Marathon for supporting the work they do in the community, and says they are excited to be a charity partner for the 2021 Grandma's Marathon.
"Once someone comes through our doors, pretty much our arms are wrapped around them. And if we are able to provide some of the basic needs, such as socks, then we can also engage in conversation to get them additional support that they might be hesitant to ask for," says Johnson. "But through our conversations and relationships, and building that trusting network for them, they realize that we are here."
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