North Carolina hosiery manufacturers sent more than 1,000 dozens pairs of socks for the relief efforts following devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
The effort was triggered by a request from Robin Hayes, owner of Mt. Pleasant Hosiery and chairman of the N.C. Republican Party. Hayes contacted the Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs offices the day after the 2012 elections to request socks for National Guard troops in the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut areas hit hard by the storm. Damages to homes and businesses is estimated at $100 billion. Thousands were left homeless.
Representatives of the USO in New York City said the flow of socks met the needs of the troops on the scene. Also, there were enough socks to help victims of the storm.
Among companies sending socks were Robinson Hosiery Mill in Valdese, Hickory Brands in Hickory, Thorlo Inc., Statesville, and Royce Socks.