Hennepin EMS Sock Drive
Helping our community get back on its feet
This year, give the gift of warmth and comfort.
Each fall, paramedics at Hennepin EMS collect donations of new, high-quality winter socks in an attempt to prevent cold-weather foot injuries in the unsheltered patients that we serve every day. Many of these Minnesotans are forced to walk all day to find food, shelter, services, and medical care. This makes these patients highly susceptible to injuries like frostbite and trench foot which can result in an ambulance ride, an ER visit, a hospital admission, debilitating surgery, and long rehab. Much of this pain can be prevented with a good pair of winter socks.
All of our winter clothing is distributed directly to people either by paramedics on the ambulance, to patients being discharged from the ER, or through our human service partners in the community. Last year with the help of generous community partners, we were able to collect more than 30,000 donations of new, high quality socks, hats and gloves that helped to protect our neighbors across the metro.
KARE11 News reporter Jana Shortal interviews Hennepin EMS paramedic John Sylvester and asks our community to stock up on socks.