Herriman woman collects over 800 pairs of socks for homeless shelter this Halloween

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story said The Road Home was granted a $5 million dollar grant “last minute” to prevent it from being closed. In actuality, The Road Home had planned to close the Downtown Salt Lake shelter in 2019 but the Midvale location remained open. We regret the error and have corrected the information in the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A homeowner in Herriman partnered with local candidates running for office and collected over 800 pairs of socks to donate to The Road Home, an organization that provides emergency shelter, services, and housing assistance to those in need.

Sarah Navarre loves decorating her house for Halloween and Christmas. She decided to gather socks for the homeless shelter this year by inviting people over to her home while asking them to donate socks. However, heavy rains caused Navarre to cancel the invitations and she had only collected about 40 pairs of socks by that time.

Then, two local men seeking office in Herriman, Teddy Hodges and Lorin Palmer, saw Navarre’s story on social media and shared it with others. Suddenly, donated socks and undergarments were pouring in, along with money donations toward the purchase of socks. 

“Yesterday, bags and bags and bags of socks were dropped off,” Navarre said in an email. Through her efforts, along with those of Hodges and Palmer, roughly $600 was donated toward the purchase of socks. 

“Store shelves were cleared out of socks to help with the effort,” Navarre said. “We now have over 800 pairs of socks and still counting!”

Last year, she gathered about 400 pairs. She is grateful that this year she was able to raise double the amount of last year. She’s still gathering socks at this point.

“This is a testament to a community pulling together and everyone doing just a little to make a big impact,” Navarre said. “These socks will warm toes and hearts in cold months to come!”

The Road Home is a private nonprofit social services agency based in Salt Lake City that provides assistance for individuals and families experiencing homelessness along the Wasatch Front. 

In 2019, ABC4 reported that the shelter was closing the doors of its Downtown Salt Lake location. It’s Midvale shelter remained in operation. The Road Home also received a one-time $5 million dollar grant in November of that same year which it used to create a data integration system which allowed case managers to better assist the homeless in the community.

To learn more about The Road Home, click here.
To learn about additional homeless services in Salt Lake City, click here.

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