San Benito Rotary Club donates socks to local nonprofits

SAN BENITO — While dressed in festive Christmas attire, members of the Rotary Club spent yesterday afternoon delivering items to those in need.

The Rotary Club of San Benito organized its first sock drive, which was held for about a month starting in November.

In all, the club collected more than 1,000 pairs of socks for Sunny Glen Children’s Home and Monica’s House-Maggie’s House.

“Socks are something we don’t even think about because we take it for granted,” said Linda De La Rosa, chairperson of the project. “But for the ones in need, it was something very special and they were just overwhelmed with such emotion, kindness and gratitude for what we were doing.”

In addition to socks gathered from 10 collection boxes that were placed in San Benito businesses, De La Rosa and Rotary Club President Mike Frazier also made large contributions to the sock drive.

“It was my birthday December 9 and all I asked for was socks,” Frazier said. “During my birthday party, 229 pairs of socks were donated.”

Frazier said he came up with idea to ask for socks for his birthday after learning De La Rosa gathered many sock donations during her birthday.

“It was just a really nice thing to give back to the community,” Frazier said. “I think it was unique and more than likely, depending on what the club thinks, we’ll come back and do it again next year and make it an annual project.”

De La Rosa said in all, organizing the sock drive was a lot of fun and very fulfilling.

She hopes the project continues to grow and will run all year round.

“It took our little village to make this happen,” she said with a smile. “It’s very helpful when everyone’s willing to help.”