This winter has been especially brutal for thousands of homeless individuals living on the streets of New York City. While some might offer up a cup of coffee, a meal or even a few dollars to help a displaced New Yorker make it through the night, Saije Bashaw has been handing out something a bit less fleeting – a fresh pair of warm socks. Until now, Bashaw has mostly spent her own money to purchase the socks she gives out but is hoping to make even more of a difference going forward with a GoFundMe campaign. Support her efforts by making a contribution here and read on to learn more about what one woman is going to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers.
Bashaw purchases socks with her own money and receives donations from friends. During her spare time, she packs a backpack and heads out to warm the feet of the homeless from Penn Station to Union Square. This self-described passion project was an idea Bashaw came up with fourteen years ago after changing into a warm pair of socks when her feet became soaked on a rainy Thanksgiving day.
Bashaw, who was recently featured as NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, estimated that she passes out 350 to 400 socks per week, and even more when she can encourage a team of volunteers to join her in the effort. The city do-gooder touches the lives of the people she serves. Bashaw writes about the people she meets on the street, like Caroline—an elderly woman she delivers socks to with severe arthritis who has been living on the streets for over seven months after being forced out of her apartment when her social security checks could no longer keep up with rising rents.
“I want to make this a national event that happens every winter. I want to inspire others to do the same within their communities,” says Bashaw on her current crowd funding campaign page where she also mentions plans to evolve her project into a formal nonprofit organization that will actively raise funds and distribute more socks to those in need.
To date, Bashaw has raised over $5,000 on GoFundMe. Support her efforts by making a contribution to the campaign here.