Local families to benefit from Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive

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July 25, 2012 - PRLog -- Santa Rosa, CA (July 25, 2012) – Warming and comforting the feet of families in need is the goal of a North American effort the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) launched July 9 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes. Redwood Gospel Mission, an AGRM member, encourages community members to donate new socks to help local families as part of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive.

“Many of the infirmities that homeless people endure are actually borne in their feet because of all the walking and standing they do,” said AGRM President John Ashmen. “New socks—clean, dry and without holes—will go a long way to provide comfort and care for the men, women and children who are desperate for assistance.”

Inspired by “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” a Disney film slated for an August 15 release, the drive will be in gear until Sept. 3. Designated boxes are available at community drop-off locations, including Lange's Automotive in Sebastopol, Agapé All American Roofing in Santa Rosa, and Vine & Branches Nursery in Healdsburg as well as local churches. Redwood Gospel Mission will distribute the socks to the families it aids.

“A clean, warm, pair of socks is like gold when you have nothing.” said Jeff Gilman, Executive Director of Redwood Gospel Mission.

Hanes will match North American donations up to 10,000 pairs of socks.

“The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions is delighted that companies like The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes are collaborating on this sock drive,” Ashmen said. “Families will undoubtedly be warmed by the touching storyline of the movie, and ‘neighbors-in-need’ will certainly be touched by the warm socks people donate.”

For more details about “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive, please visit https://www.agrm.org/sockdrive.

The Redwood Gospel Mission (www.srmission.org) has served the homeless, broken and needy of Sonoma County for the past forty-nine years, providing services such as shelter, meals and clothing to the “least, the last and the lost” who find their way to their facilities. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Mission serves over 120,000 meals, provides more than 40,000 bed-nights of shelter and distributes thousands of articles of clothing each year, as well as hosting showers, haircuts and other services at its five housing facilities in the Santa Rosa area.

Academy Award®-nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Founded in 1913, AGRM (www.agrm.org) is an association of more than 275 rescue missions across North America. Each year, AGRM member ministries serve approximately 50 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights’ lodging, distribute more than 27 million pieces of clothing, bandage the wounds of hundreds of abuse victims, and graduate more than 18,000 homeless men and women from addiction-recovery programs into productive living.  

Hanes, America’s No. 1 apparel brand, is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at www.Hanes.com. Hanes is a flagship brand of Hanesbrands Inc.  (www.Hanesbrands.com).
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