By , February 4, 2002

January is supposed to be a slow month for benevolent agencies. Most companies and manufacturers have released their entire stock of excess product prior to the first of the calendar year. However, January 2002 has proven to be one of the most successful months during the three-year history of Operation Compassion. Not only did Operation Compassion receive forty-nine semi truckloads of food, bottled water, clothes, frozen meat, bakery products and sundry items but also received a very large donation of socks.

In mid January, Operation Compassion was notified of a special need in Afghanistan. Over one hundred thousand barefoot children were braving a harsh, cold winter in the Afghan mountains. The need was obvious; find socks and/or shoes to give these children a chance to survive this winter. The staff of Operation Compassion went into action calling contacts doing their best to procure the product necessary. Within two days of the call, Operation Compassion was notified it would receive a gift of 250,000 pairs of socks.

The donation was made through the generosity of Charleston Hosiery of Cleveland, TN. Danny Smith, Vice President was thrilled to be able to participate with Operation Compassion in this endeavor to help the children of Afghanistan survive the winter. Many people do not realize that Charleston Hosiery is an international company that manufactures socks for most of the major name brands. In fact, the donated socks were made for Nike. Mr. Smith received the final approval from a Nike representative on Monday, January 28, 2002.

When Mr. Smith was initially contacted about the possibility of a donation his first response was, “I was just going to call you!” During the course of several conversations over the next two days, Mr. Smith agreed this endeavor was a “God thing”. Normally, there would not be any excess inventory during the month of January. However, God knew those Afghan children would need socks in January and provided the needed inventory to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right people.

While this is not the first donation received from Charleston Hosiery, the uniqueness of this gift is a first. Prior donations were unpaired and unmatched, packaged in large gaylord boxes holding several thousand socks. However, this donation of socks were all ready paired and packaged by color and size for children and adults; boxed in case lots and ready to ship in cartons on pallets. Over eighty-five pallets of socks for Afghan children!

Operation Compassion, under the leadership of John D. Nichols, President and David Lorency, International Field Director, has experienced phenomenal growth and met untold challenges during the past three years of operation. The challenge of providing socks for barefooted children in a war torn Afghanistan winter is another example of tireless efforts in forging many partners to meet a specialized need around the world.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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