Believe it or not, it is that time of year again for Socks for Seniors and the Archer County News is glad to be a part of its mission for our communities. Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes NEW socks for seniors in communities all over the country and we are part of this project right here in Archer County.

The holidays are a fun time of year with all the holiday work parties, family gatherings, meetings with old friends topped off with all the bells, whistles, hustle and bustle of the season. It's the friendliest and most giving time of year but, for some it can also be a depressing time of year and our seniors can get lost in the shuffle.

Each year, thousands of lonely and financially challenged seniors struggle with the holiday blues. They dread facing the holiday season alone - some being without family or friends, some with the isolation of being a widow or widower. Some seniors just being away from children and grandchildren produces extreme loneliness that's exaggerated by festivities of the season.

Socks for Seniors and its volunteers have one priority this Holiday Season and that is to bring holiday cheer along with a pair of new socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our elderly seniors. The Socks for Seniors program benefits those living alone and in nursing homes and yes even those seniors that are homeless.

Archer County distributes socks to the elderly every year at Vista Living Nursing Home in Archer City and Archer Service Center. We will have a box set up for your donations here at the Archer County News, 104 E. Walnut on the square in Archer City. You may drop them off Monday and Tuesday 9am-7:00pm, and Wednesday, 9:00am-3:00pm. If we are closed you may contact Barbara at 940.733.7418 and I will meet you at the newspaper office when possible.

Each year so many of you donate generously to the box helping bring a smile to seniors and making our Socks for Seniors drive successful. Often this is the only gift many of them will receive at Christmas. While you are out shopping, keep our seniors in mind and pick out a pair or two of socks for the senior ladies and men this Christmas season. Remember that our seniors enjoy festive socks for the season just like anyone else. God bless!

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