Governor’s Office gathers socks on #GivingTuesday

The Governor’s Office collects thousands of socks each year during our annual holiday sock drive. We are off to a good start for 2015 and hope to beat last year’s record of 2,803 pairs of socks.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s Office is showing gratitude by lending a helping hand on Tues., Dec. 1 as part of a worldwide movement to encourage generosity, Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday).

Started in 2010, #GivingTuesday promotes all kinds of giving activities so holiday shoppers will remember families in need as they cross things off their gift lists.

“Everyone has something to give.” Gov. Herbert said. “I encourage Utahns to share their blessings with those in need, whether by charitable donations or acts of service, and not just on Giving Tuesday but throughout the year.”

Utahns donated more volunteer hours than any other state in 2014, and for nine straight years, Utah has been recognized as the number one state in the nation for volunteerism. For Utahns, giving is more than a holiday traditionit is a way of life. The governor is proud that people here care about their neighbors and believe in a moral obligation to assist those who are struggling.

To find out ways you can give back this Tuesday, check out a few suggestions below:

The Forgotten Patient Christmas Project provides sponsors with information about patients at Utah State Hospital for whom they can provide gifts. This program has been in place for the past 70 years.

The Utah Office of Public Guardian provides guardianship or conservatorship services to adults who are unable to make basic life decisions for themselves. The majority of the clients they serve live in nursing or group homes and have no family in their lives. Their needs are simple (bedding, socks, slippers, sweats, gift cards, etc.) and their gratitude is endless.

The Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund provides vital services and assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.