Kent Lutheran received 500 pairs of socks in 2018 from a national nonprofit called Bombas.
Bombas was launched in 2013 after one of the founders heard that socks are the most requested item in homeless shelters. Working with their giving partners, Bombas staff said they designed a sock that requires fewer washings thanks to a antimicrobial treatment and lasts longer with reinforced seams. Bombas operates under a one-for-one business model: a pair of socks is donated to the homeless each time pair of Bombas socks are purchased.
Kent Lutheran has a long history of serving low income and homeless neighbors through the Community Supper, H.O.M.E shelter, Willow’s Place, and Kent HOPE. “Particularly during the winter months, it is such a blessing to have good quality socks to distribute to homeless so that they can keep their feet warm and dry,” Remarked Tess Shearer, Social Concerns Committee leader and council representative. These socks are specially designed for the homeless and the conditions they can endure on their feet. In addition to having these socks for distribution at the homeless shelters, Kent Lutheran also distributes Bomba socks to people who come to the office daily.
“The unsheltered men and women of Kent, WA have been so grateful for the new Bombas socks that we at Kent Lutheran have been blessed to hand out on a regular basis,” says Janice Helgeson, Office Ministries Manager. “Dry warm feet are so important, as everyone knows, and when you live on the streets there is nowhere to wash and dry your socks. The 500 socks are nearly gone but thanks to our congregation we continue to have socks to hand out all the time.”
A request has been submitted to Bombas for another donation in 2019. We appreciate the generous donation from Bombas and hope that you will show your appreciation for this gift by considering a purchase of Bombas. One pair purchased = one pair donated. Bombas has donated over 10 million pairs and counting.