Socks and jocks to help homeless

12 September 2020

An enterprising Mosman family has been working to help people who are homeless with a drive to collect donations of new socks and underwear.

In just two weeks, the Bargholz family amassed hundreds of pairs of socks and jocks, after putting the word out to their neighbours and their Bible study group.

The bounty was delivered by Norainie Bargholz and her son, Christian, to the Crows Nest Centre last week.

“We know that two things homeless people need are clean socks and underwear, as these items are not generally accepted as second-hand donations,” said Mrs Bargholz.

Socks and underwear donated for homeless on Sydney's lower north shore.Norainie Bargholz (left) presents donated socks and jocks to Crows Nest Centre Executive Officer Denise Ward.

“Our neighbours and our Bible study group were exceedingly generous. We were surprised and delighted to get as many donations as we did in such a short amount of time.”

Executive Officer, Denise Ward, said the items would be distributed to homeless people supported by the Centre.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the efforts of people like Norainie and the generosity of local residents. With initiatives like this, we can make a big difference to the support we can offer vulnerable people in our community.

“People think of the lower north shore as an affluent area, however there are quite a few locals living in difficult circumstances. They often couch surf, sleep in their cars, out on the street or in parks.

“We offer a few home comforts, such as a hot meal, shower and support to help find safe and affordable accommodation.”

If you would like to make a practical donation (new socks and underwear), you can drop items into the Centre’s reception any weekday between 9am and 4pm. Cash donations are also welcome and can be made online.

If you have an idea to raise funds or goods for the Centre, call on 9439 5122 or contact us online. If you need an interpreter phone TIS 131 450.