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FUMC youth collect socks for Hope Haven

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:54 a.m. CDT
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The youth at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb collected 768 new pairs of socks for Hope Haven as part of their fifth-Sunday mission project.

Jan. 29 was Socks Sunday at First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Every month of the year with a fifth Sunday, church members in preschool through high school do a local mission project. For January, the project was to gather new socks for Hope Haven. Socks are the least-donated clothing item at the shelter.

As one of the senior youth members explained to the congregation in introducing the drive, she had seen her brother’s gross socks, and if anyone else ever saw them, they would realize why people do not donate used socks.

“I like doing a mission with the kids that they can actually be a part of, something they can relate to, something they can actually donate, so socks was a great way to get everyone involved,” education director Nancy Melms said in a news release.

During the worship services on Socks Sunday, the church youth passed laundry baskets to collect the socks. Five large baskets were filled. The church’s Boy Scout troop also donated socks. Melms and one of the youth were able to deliver 768 new pairs of socks to Hope Haven.

The next youth fifth-Sunday mission project will be in April. For information about these projects, contact Melms at nmelms@firstumc.net or the church office at 815-756-6301.

First United Methodist Church of DeKalb is at 317 N. Fourth St. Visitors are always welcome. Sunday worship services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 am.