Photo courtesy the Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania.

The needy in PPL Electric Utilities’ service area – including homeless veterans — are receiving a simple but essential source of comfort and warmth this winter, thanks to an initiative by PPL’s Christian Business Resource Group (CBRG).

In December and January, employees donated packages of brand-new socks as part of a companywide drive. Socks are among the supplies most often requested by social care organizations.

A few examples of how the sock drive is making a difference:

• Employees at our Cocalico, Lancaster, Quarryville and Sinking Spring service centers donated about 60 packages of brand-new socks – with three to five pairs per package — to the Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania’s Totes of Hope program.  Totes of Hope provides backpacks full of personal care items to homeless veterans.
• Employees at our Marion Heights and Sunbury service centers sent their donations to Haven Ministries in Sunbury.
• At the Harrisburg Service Center, employees gave about 50 pairs of socks to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Harrisburg.
• Socks collected at the General Office and our Walbert training facility were given to New Bethany Ministries.
• Employees at the Lehigh Service Center donated items to the Jerusalem House Ministries.

“We often think about donating essentials such as coats, hats and gloves in the winter,  but even socks are needed by the most vulnerable in our communities and very much appreciated,” said Rob Hodge, CBRG president and IT business systems analyst. “We’re glad to be able to help the needy with donations that make a real difference to their lives.  We’re planning to collect various other items through these types of programs throughout the year to continue to help those in need and demonstrate the company’s giving spirit in our communities.”

The organizations are sending their appreciation for the gifts. The Red Cross took to social media to voice its thanks: