Vermont organizations distribute children’s socks

Don George, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont; Governor Peter Shumlin; and Nicole Ravlin of Cabot Hosiery Mills kick off the 2013 Blue Socks for Kids project.

Don George, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont; Governor Peter Shumlin; and Nicole Ravlin of Cabot Hosiery Mills kick off the 2013 Blue Socks for Kids project.

Thousands of needy Vermont youngsters will be able to enjoy warm, high-quality socks again this winter, the sixth year that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont, and the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters have joined forces to improve the health and comfort of Vermont children.

“Blue Socks for Kids” project volunteers will deliver 8,400 pairs of premium, Vermont-made merino wool socks to the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters for distribution to children in need of warm clothing this holiday season. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, through the Vermont Caring Foundation, provided $21,000 to finance 8,400 pairs of the wool socks made specifically for “Blue Socks for Kids” by Cabot Hosiery Mills of Northfield, Vermont, the state’s (and Northeast’s) only sock manufacturer.

“Blue Socks for Kids” has now distributed more than 50,000 pairs of socks at a cost of nearly $150,000 over the six years the project has operated. The funding through the Vermont Caring Foundation uses non-premium sources to generate funds to benefit Vermont children.

“This initiative has been very successful and warmly received by everyone involved,” noted Don George, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont president and CEO. “We are particularly proud to celebrate the fifth year of the project and the positive impact it has had on many Vermont kids’ health and comfort.”

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