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Stamford Charity Soldiers On

Stamford-based SoldierSocks launched with the modest goal of collecting socks and baby wipes for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in less than two years, it has grown from a small local organization into a national non-profit -- and founder Chris Meeks is amazed by the response.

“The capacity for people to help and support such a worthy cause like this is simply overwhelming to me,” said the Stamford resident.

With the help of dozens of volunteers and numerous companies, SoldierSocks now has collection and distribution centers from Boston to Miami and as far west as California.

“Last year we sent out about 25,000 pounds of socks and baby wipes donated from all over this area,” Meeks said. Socks and baby wipes may not sound like much, but they mean a lot to soldiers who have limited access to personal hygiene.

“When the word got out about what we were doing, people from all over the country called and asked how they could help,” Meeks said.

With the great success of SoldierSocks, Meeks has gone on to create another organization, SoldierSanta, that collects such items as candy, CDs and DVDs to ship overseas from thier collection site on Hope Street in Stamford.

If you would like to donate or volunteer your time to either SoldierSocks or SoldierSanta , go to their websites for more information.

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