There’s something intimate about giving someone a pair of socks. It’s something a good friend or family member does. Socks are such a tiny little item, something easily forgotten in the course of a day. Unless your feet are cold or wet. Then they are everything.
Putting on a pair of socks, especially one given to you — perhaps when you’re staying over at a friend’s house and didn’t think to bring an extra pair — is pure comfort. It’s like enveloping your feet with love.
Team Trophy Central wouldn’t be waxing poetic about socks if we didn’t have a very good reason. Which we do! Our latest Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” winner is Serena Christian, AKA “The Sock Lady”.
The inscription on the specially customized trophy we sent her reads: Warm Heart, Warm Feet Award: Giving Oregon’s homeless fresh socks for a fresh start.
Sock-It-To-You With Love
Serena, a massage therapist, spends her time driving around Oregon and handing out fresh, clean socks to homeless people. Often she fills the socks with other goodies, such as tooth brushes, granola bars, flashlights and cheerful notes.
More than 2,100 people in Lane County, Oregon are homeless, and Serena is making a difference by gifting them with their number one requested item, which happens to be socks. Serena says: “When you put on a fresh pair of socks you change.” It’s true. Sometimes the seemingly simplest things make such a difference. Putting on a fresh pair of socks can feel like a hug, especially if they’re given to you by someone who cares.
Congratulations, Serena, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you’re doing to make a difference in the lives of homeless people. Many people are just one missed paycheck away from ending up on the streets, so homelessness is a topic we can’t look away from.
Unlikely (But Oh-So Worthy!) Trophy Winners
When Team Trophy Central started our Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” award, we had no idea of all the wonderful stories we would learn about in our quest to reward kindness. Each month, we feel as lucky and happy as the recipients of our kindness awards because we get to have our hearts warmed all over again by tales of people (and animals) doing good.
“What’s ‘Show Us Your Sue’?” you may ask! Well, Team Trophy Central’s Random Acts of Trophy-ness campaign was originally inspired by the always-making-lemonade-out-of-lemons character Sue Heck on the sitcom The Middle. We set out to reward everyday heroes who make the world a better place by being themselves. And Sue Heck became our mascot because she’s the kind of person not likely to win a trophy in traditional trophy-awarding spheres. She’s clumsy and quirky, not particularly talented or athletic. But she is the epitome of trophy-worthy in our eyes because of her can-do spirit that inspires others to never give up on their dreams.
It’s our goal to send out monthly trophies to the Sue Hecks of the world, those whose good deeds may be going unrecognized but who deserve ALL THE RECOGNITION in our opinion!
Team Trophy Central is delighted to add The Sock Lady to our list of Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” winners.
Congratulations (and thank you!!) again, Serena!
Team Trophy Central has a challenge for you: Warm our hearts with the story of someone who is making the world a better place with their kindness, and we will pay it forward by sending them a shiny, customized trophy! Nominate the next Random Acts of Trophy-ness “Show Us Your Sue” winner in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter using our #ShowUsYourSue hashtag. Thank you in advanced for warming our hearts and making us smile!