Public Service Credit Union unites communities through holiday sock drive
LONE TREE, CO (December 29, 2016) — Public Service Credit Union announced today that it has collected and donated over 3,350 pairs of socks for those without permanent shelter in its communities this holiday season.
New and gently used socks were collected in all 29 of the credit union’s Front Range locations, from mid-November, right up until the week before Christmas. Hundreds of caring credit union members and employees filled dozens of laundry baskets with socks that were delivered to community homeless shelters on December 22nd, and 23rd.
“Socks are among the most requested, and least donated, items in homeless shelters,” said Malcolm Johnson, Public Service Credit Union’s Director of Public Relations and Community Involvement. “Something as simple as a clean, dry, pair of socks can mean the world to someone on the streets.”
Homelessness takes a physical toll. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans experienced homelessness last year. On average, they walked about 10 miles per day, putting more wear and tear on their socks in one week than the average American did the entire year.
According to Johnson, all socks collected were donated to the following organizations to help provide relief for the homeless population here in Colorado:
House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, dedicated to assisting people with their immediate emergency needs and advocating for self-reliance;
Homeless Gear in Fort Collins, operating a family of six programs that provides a continuum of services to individuals and families who are homeless throughout Colorado;
Greeley Transitional House, providing safety, stability, and opportunity for families in crisis through emergency shelter and comprehensive support services; and
Denver and Fort Collins Rescue Missions, changing lives in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need, with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
“The employees of the credit union were able to visit these organizations and see, first-hand, the positive impact they are making in our communities,” said Johnson. “It warms your heart to see what these people do for the homeless individuals and families in our communities, and we are pleased and humbled to support these organizations that give support to this cause, all year long.”
More information and pictures from Public Service Credit Union’s sock drive can be found at www.pscu.org.
About Canvas Credit Union
Canvas Credit Union (Formerly Public Service Credit Union) is a safe and insured financial institution with more than $2.4 billion in assets and 240,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 80 years, Canvas currently has 26 branches. (http://canvas.org)