Who We Are

Hannah’s Socks firmly believes that in a country as prosperous as the United States, no man, woman or child should want for something as basic as a warm pair of socks.

One chilly Thanksgiving day, four-year old Hannah Turner was helping her mom Doris to serve dinner at Toledo’s Cherry StreetMission. Doris felt a tug on her sweater and a small, concerned voice ask, “Mommy, won’t his feet be cold?” Hannah nodded toward a man whose shoes had split open to expose bare feet. Doris didn’t want Hannah to worry so she reassured her daughter, “His shoes will keep his toes warm.” Hannah—very smart and big-hearted—was unconvinced. “Mommy, he can have my socks.”

The next day, Doris and Hannah bought and delivered more than 100 pairs of socks to local shelters. Over the next two years with the amazing support of friends and family, Doris and Hannah distributed nearly 10,000 pairs of socks to local shelters. Doris and her family soon discovered that of all the items donated to shelters, socks and undergarments were given the least and needed the most.

As they continued collecting and donating socks to grateful shelters around Toledo, their dream of helping more people grew. Hannah’s simple yet powerful story was the inspiration for Hannah’s Socks, an independent non-profit focused on providing warm clothing necessities to the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and under-privileged children. Hannah’s Socks is successful today because Doris once wondered, “If just two people can make such a big impact, what kind of a difference could hundreds or even thousands of people have just by donating a single pair of socks?”.

Since this humble beginning in 2005, over half a million socks have been donated to needy families in our area.

Hannah’s Socks is a 501(c)3 organization that serves men, women and children affected by homelessness, poverty and domestic abuse, low-income seniors, active military personnel, and underprivileged children in schools. Hannah’s Socks also provides unique and rewarding volunteer and service-learning opportunities for youth and families in our community. We primarily serve individuals and families in Western Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Our compelling mission has inspired volunteers across the country to help their neighbors in need.

Hannah at age 6

Hannah at age 6

 
Hannah (second from left) and her brothers and sisters in 2013

Hannah (second from left) and her brothers and sisters in 2013