NAACP leads sock drive to warm the needy

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Members and supporters of the dorchester county branch of the national association for the advancement of colored people (naacp) celebrated on saturday the successful conclusion of a sock drive to benefit the less fortunate.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Members and supporters of the dorchester county branch of the national association for the advancement of colored people (naacp) celebrated on saturday the successful conclusion of a sock drive to benefit the less fortunate.

CAMBRIDGE – Members of the Dorchester County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced Saturday the collection of 3,250 pairs of socks to benefit the less fortunate. The group gathered in a meeting room at the Community Action Center (CAC) on Goodwill Avenue to announce and celebrate the success.

The effort was led by the Women in the NAACP (WIN), with Branch President Barbara Woolford at the helm. She spoke briefly about the goals of the group and its history.

“It’s not just black folks,” Ms. Woolford said. “It was white folks who started it, because they were sick of the treatment of black folks.”
“Helping and looking for justice for all people is what we’re all about,” she told the group.

The sock drive took place during November. “News of the event spread by word of mouth and as a result, many churches, organizations and individuals were involved,” a statement from the group said. “The goal the women set for Dorchester was 1,000 pairs for adults and children, while the state project had a goal of 2,000.”

Part of the concept of the drive was to give members of the public a way to reach out. “People want to help, but often don’t know what to do or where to begin,” the statement said. One of the main groups to contribute was the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, which had representatives at the meeting.

Now, much of what was donated will go to the Cold Weather Shelter and the Salvation Army Shelter. With the Cold Weather Shelter’s new trailers now at the Salvation Army property on Washington St. and Goodwill Avenue, “We work together” to serve the homeless, Donna Ingalls of the Cold Weather Shelter said.

Those sites are right across the street from the CAC, giving the homeless easy access to the services, assistance and training offered at the facility operated by Delmarva Community Services, Inc.

Gloria Cornish of the CAC said one of the organization’s new programs is Preparing Adults for Life, a six-week, three-day-a-week class designed to help get the less fortunate on their feet and providing for themselves. Without having to ride anywhere, “They can come here and start looking at those kind of things,” Ms. Cornish said.

The efforts of the activists are bearing fruit. “We don’t get the same people every year,” Ms. Cornish said.

Among the leaders of the Dorchester branch of the NAACP who also worked on the drive are President James Pinkett, Membership Chair Marion Fisher, and Assistant Treasurer Pauline Pinkett.

“Thanks, Dorchester community,” the statement said. “We did it!”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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