Monday, July 22, 2024

Underworks to donate 30,000 clothing items

Underworks will donate 30,000 essential clothing items to vulnerable Australians in 2024.

The ‘I Give A Sock 2024’ program provides clothing, including socks, underwear and thermal under layers to Australians in need, helping them to keep warm as temperatures drop.

Underworks CEO Sam Todaro says the importance of warm clothing should not be overlooked, especially over the colder months.

“Cold temperatures can be life-threatening and those sleeping rough are particularly at risk of developing significant health issues,” he says.

“Warm clothes help to provide insulation and retain body heat, but they also help protect against harsh weather conditions.

“We know this from working with various charity partners and want to support those who need it most.”

According to Thread Together, one in eight adults and one in six children in Australia do not have access to adequate essential clothing. Socks are said to be some of the least donated items, despite being of utmost importance, as they prevent blisters, sores, as well as foot infections and diseases.

“People experiencing homelessness face numerous challenges, and while keeping their feet warm and dry may not seem as urgent as some of the other pressing issues they have to deal with, it is a vital part of maintaining their overall health and wellbeing,” says Major Warren Elliott from The Salvation Army.

Underworks partners with charities Foodbank Victoria, Thread Together, The Salvation Army and The Good Box to distribute the essential clothing items.

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