Socks for Christmas: Professional gift wrapper gives presents to the homeless

Socks for Christmas: Professional gift wrapper gives presents to the homeless

A professional gift wrapper in Bristol is handing out socks as Christmas presents for the homeless in Bristol today.

Amanda White has received 451 donations of socks and has wrapped them for the giveaway.

Starting at 10am at Black Boy Hill and continuing down Whiteladies Road, White will make her way towards the centre.

After handing socks to a few people, White said: “The gifts are being well received. It’s nice to have the chance to stop and talk instead of just wandering past like you normally do.”

Amanda White giving socks to a homeless person. Image credit: Clara Bullock
Amanda White giving socks to a homeless person. Photo by Clara Bullock

“I know I can’t change their lives, but if they’re happy to receive a gift they weren’t expecting and it makes them cheerful for two minutes of their lives, then that’s all I can hope to achieve, really.”

White owns the “Gift Frippery”, a shop in Henleaze that offers gift wrapping workshops.

From that, she had the idea to collect sock donations and wrap them as presents, to hand out to the homeless.

Amanda White and her friend on their way to hand out socks. Photo by Clara Bullock
Amanda White and her friend on their way to hand out socks. Photo by Clara Bullock

“We collected from our contacts and groups, people dropped off socks to my house and two shops offered to be collection points”, White said.

The presents don’t just include the socks. White decided to add something special to each package.

“In most of them there’s a few chocolate coins because that seemed like a little christmassy surprise.

“In some of them there’s a hand-written note, that some of the people that donated the socks have written”, White said.

The notes say things like “Merry Christmas” or “We’re thinking of you this year”.

White is going to hand out socks to the homeless in Bristol over the rest of Christmas time.

She is going to take any socks that might be leftover to charities in Bristol.

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