Keeping the littlest Geauga County tootsies warm since 2007
Tucked within the Meyer Center in Big Creek Park, the Lots of Socks for Tots tree has worn visitors’ donated new socks, mittens, and booties as ornaments since 2007. That makes this year’s the sixth annual tree. Now it only waits to be decorated, generous Geauga County – and why not enjoy a walk in the park while you’re there?
This special tree will remain up and accepting donations weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, December 28, at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township. After that, all items will be donated to Geauga County Department of Jobs and Family Services for year-round distribution.
Said the tree’s founder, Eileen Smith, Geauga Park District’s administrative services coordinator, “I was inspired by comments made by people indicating that it is the time of year that people like to give, but they did not have a lot of money. A little bit goes a long way. I felt that everyone can use socks. They are not expensive, and personally, if my feet are warm I am happy.”
In a typical year, the tree collects more than 100 pairs of socks, some mittens, and some hats, which Eileen said are often times hung with care by the youngest park visitors: the kids. Consider contributing to the tree this year by dropping into the Meyer Center, which is fully wheelchair / stroller accessible, with your contribution. Call 440-286-9516 with questions. Geauga Park District is online, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.