Soup & Socks, downtown Sunday

Thanh -- January 17th, 2009

Soup & Socks Flyer“Soup and Socks: The Friendly City Takes the Chill Off” is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, January 18, at the Rockingham County Courthouse in downtown Harrisonburg.

This event “is one of several in the Valley, according to Pam Cox, regional Shenandoah Valley coordinator for the National Day of Service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More information about national, state and local events can be found at”

Other events in the area this week include:

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  • Gospel Hill Mennonite Church Blood Drive. Monday, January 19 at 12:00 PM Gospel Hill Mennonite Church (Fulks Run, VA)  A blood donor at Virginia Blood Services is a special kind of volunteer. By committing just a few hours of your time, you can donate…
  • Park Walk and Trash Pickup. Monday, January 19 at 7:00 AM  Gypsy Hill Park (Staunton, VA) Staunton residents will pick up and dispose of garbage throughout Gypsy Hill Park. If each of us who uses the park will commit to just…

Organizers for ‘Soup & Socks’ ask the public to bring canned soup for donation to local food banks and soup kitchens, as well as warm socks, of all sizes, to be donated to local agencies serving homeless people and families. Their press release says that:

Members of the Harrisonburg City Council will be among those serving free bowls of chili during the event. In addition, there will be hot chocolate for children, music and information from the Community Resource Center about on-going volunteer opportunities in Harrisonburg.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the movie “Ratatouille” will also be playing at Clementine Cafe‘s downstairs at 1pm, FREE. 

For more information about “Soup and Socks” contact: Leah Rosenwasser, Event Captain: leah.rosenwasser [at] gmail [dot] com, 540-908-7629, or Pam Cox, Regional Coordinator, pcox68 [at] gmail [dot] com, 540-433-5554.

See also: DNR Article

What are you all doing to stay warm and/or participate in National Day of Service?

7 Responses to “Soup & Socks, downtown Sunday”

  1. Emmy says:

    I totally forgot about this when I was in there today, but Old Navy had packs of mens and womens socks marked down to $1.49 a pack! They had tons of them too!

  2. Renee says:

    I think this is a really neat charity event, I hope to drop some things by! Thanks for all of the additional event info, too.

  3. Thanh says:

    I received this additional information in an email from Leah Rosenwasser this evening:

    “Come to Court Square tomorrow (that’s Sunday, January 18th) for FREE (yes, FREE) chili! And also (free) hot chocolate! Plus some (free) bread stuff! Then, while you’re there, be social! Have fun with your neighbors! Learn about services in Harrisonburg and volunteer opportunities! AND…Donate cans of SOUP and pairs of socks!!!

    The Children’s Museum will be sharing some free passes for families, there will be music, and at 1pm Clementine will be showing Ratatouille! Court Square Theater also has some great movies playing, so you could come early for lunch, grab a beer at Cally’s or coffee at the Dodger then catch one of their grown-up movies! Celebrate MLK, Jr Day early and contribute to the cause of keeping Harrisonburg cozy and fed!”

  4. Thanh says:

    I posted some photos I took of the event at 12:30pm on the hburgnews fickr. They are stacking the cans impressively on the steps of Court Square. The Chili was also delicious and the volunteers there fun to talk with.

  5. Thanh says:

    *correction* They are stacking donated cans AND socks on the steps of Court Square. There is still time to stop by and donate! There were also a lot of kids on the Gus Bus.

  6. Emmy says:

    Results from the event…

    505 cans of soup

    107 cans stew/chili/spaghetti-oes/etc.

    49 cans of vegetables

    40 packages of Ramen

    36 cans beans

    31 microwavable single serving soup packs

    29 cans tuna/salmon/chicken

    19 cans & 4 jars spaghetti sauce

    16 boxes of pasta

    11 cans fruit

    10 packages dehydrated mashed potatoes

    5 jars peanut butter

    3 jars jam

    2 jars and 1 cup applesauce

    2 bags dried beans

    2 boxes jello

    1 box of granola bars

    1 can condensed milk

    1 can sardines

    1 box rice

    1 pack sugar cookie mix

    964 pairs of sox

    18 hats

    17 pairs of gloves

    8 shirts

    4 scarfs

    2 pairs of pants

    1 blanket

    1 pair of slippers

    1 mens jacket

    We’re so grateful. Most of the above have already been delivered to area facilities who feed and clothe people who have needs — 26 hours after the collection!

  7. Thanh says:

    That’s so awesome!

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