Sock ministry distributes care packages

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By Maria Maxham

Staff Reporter

The Women's Bible Study (WBS) group from First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, which draws women from 45 churches in the area, put together 250 care packages as part of their "sock ministry." These packages were filled with new socks, snacks, toiletries and other items to deLiver to homeless individuals in the area. The inspiration for them was a story about an emergency room nurse who began collecting socks for homeless people.

Last week, the group, which consists of about 50 women, met to assemble donated socks and other items into packages. The idea, said group administrator Julia Potter, included more than distributing the packages. 

"We were tasked with not just handing them out but talking to each person receiving a package so we might see them as a person with a story," said Potter. "A person who is someone's child. To use this opportunity to become proximate to the need we see around us."

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Maria Maxham

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