Sox Of Love Providing Socks & More For Oklahomans In Need

Tuesday, August 2nd 2022, 7:18 pm

Sox of Love was started in 2016, taking socks to the homeless for Valentine's Day. They’ve since given away over 300,000 pairs of socks.  

“We work with schools, counselors, foster children, parents, we work with women that are transitioning from prison,” said Tamara Nelson, founder of Sox of Love.  

They have even expanded to give socks outside the state.  

“Everywhere in our nation, and Mexico, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Kenya,” said Nelson.  

As much as they were helping people, Nelson realized another problem.  

“We learned two years after we started Sox with love, that fifty percent of our donations were going into trashcans, because a lot of people didn’t have access to water or a way to wash their clothes,” said Nelson.  

The solution? Laundry with Love, a way for anyone to show up at scheduled laundromats events to wash their clothes for free.  

“It changed my life where I don’t have to worry about if I’m going to have enough money to wash my clothes the next time around,” said Jennifer Clayton, who uses the laundry service.  

At one time she was homeless and has been using the service for years. She says it really changed things for her.  

“They have helped so many ways in my life. There were times when I didn’t know if I would get clean clothes and they helped,” said Clayton.  

Nelson says with school starting, it’s a tough month for many people, so they have stepped up their efforts with laundry events all over the metro.  

“We’ve learned that many parents choose not to send their kids to school because they didn’t get new back to school clothes, but they don’t even have clean clothes,” said Nelson.  

Each family has $10 for the machines with detergent and everything supplied, and a few other extras things thrown in.  

“We partner with the pet food pantry, so they get cat food or dog food if they need it. We also partner with Little Read Wagon, because we not only want to nourish the body, we want to nourish the mind. So, there’s free books and story time,” said Nelson.  

There is also a free lunch provided for attendees. The entire organization is run by close to 300 volunteers and made possible through community and personal donations.  

“This is a non-judgment zone, it doesn’t matter what your circumstance is we want to love you,” said Nelson    

For more information about Sox of Love visit their website  


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