Representatives of Countryside Christian Church on Veterans Day presented staff and residents of The Journey Home veterans shelter with 166 pairs of socks, collected through the church’s recent Socktober donation drive. Shown from left, Craig McCoy, Daniel Casey, Jeffery Willingham, Ty Blume, Rick Hartman, Deb McCoy, David Sanders, Aaron Fox, and Pastor Melissa Kleinschmidt.

Countryside Christian Church, Winchester, throughout the month of October collected socks for veterans at The Journey Home veterans shelter. Church representatives on Veterans Day, presented the Journey Home and its residents with the results of the “Socktober” donation drive event – 166 pairs of new, warm socks.

“The congregation really rallied to take care of veterans at the shelter,” said Deb McCoy, one of the organizers of the drive. “This is an amazing result. Our church is glad to be able to help homeless veterans who are working to get back on their feet again.”

Journey Home Administrative Manager Ty Blume said the donation means a lot to residents of the shelter.

“Our guys, when they come here, often have no more than the clothes on their backs,” Blume said. “These gifts are greatly appreciated.

“The community support has for the Journey Home has been magnificent. We’re a transitional home for homeless veterans. We couldn’t do our job without the help we get from local churches and interested charities.”