GoodyBags and smiling faces go hand in hand.[/caption] Recently, Gumball Poodle was contacted by GoodyBags, an NYC organization that provides necessities and niceties for youth in unstable living conditions. Everything from toothbrushes to stuffed animals might be found in a GoodyBag, with all bags tailored to the needs, age and gender of the recipient. Rena Stein, the executive director of GoodyBags, explained that socks are an item that most people take for granted - and as such they often slip under the radar for those in need. Naturally this struck a chord with us, and we are so pleased to be sending an initial donation of 250 pairs of PIZZA socks to GoodyBags! Our socks will be included in GoodyBags going to middle school kids in the NYC-area, and we hope they will bring smiles to their faces as well as their feet! Check out our Q&A with Rena below to get a better idea of GoodyBags' mission and why she reached out to Gumball Poodle. Rena alongside some happy campers at the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York. Each girl received a GoodyBag compiled specifically for summer camp needs.
GP: What led you to found Goody Bags? RS: My background is in social work and I have always chosen to work with youth that are from low-income areas. Through my direct clinical practice, I saw firsthand how much of a difference it makes for kids to have items to call their own--every child deserves to have their own school supplies, stuffed animals, journals, etc. The children that we are working with have enough stress and chaos in their life and shouldn't have to worry about not having the appropriate supplies for school, camp, or home. I believe that one small thing can make a big difference and I hope that GoodyBags is able to do that for our recipients. GoodyBags distributing school supplies to the children of St. Elizabeth's Parish, Jamaica![/caption] GP: With all of the things these kids need, what made you think socks should be one of the included items? RS: I just finished reading the book "Etched in Sand" by Regina Calcaterra. Her memoir discusses her life growing up at the hands of an abusive mother and in and out of shelters and foster homes. Her story touched me so much that I reached out to her to tell her about GoodyBags--one of the thing she said to me during the course of our conversation was how important socks are to children in these conditions and how socks are very hard to come by. This of course totally resonated with me and I knew we had to start including socks in our bags. Rena with author Regina Calcaterra at her book lecture and signing at the Columbia University Bookstore. GP: What stands out to you about Gumball Poodle socks? RS: The designs on Gumball Poodle socks are so whimsical and fun-I think they are absolutely perfect to bring a smile to a child's face!
We are excited and inspired to be involved with such a positive organization! Thank you for reaching out to us, Rena! All feet deserve great socks!