After spending a year directing and producing a documentary on homelessness in the LA area, “Hope For Our Own: An LA Story,” Riley Beres, then 15 years old, began to see a need for a somewhat surprising resource: clean socks for those in need. Something so insignificant to many of us, yet Riley felt it would make a significant difference for the homeless. So she started an organization whose sole purpose was to raise funds and collect socks.
Her initial vision was to assist shelters and individuals in the Los Angeles area; and while Socks for Souls, Inc. is headquartered in LA, it didn’t take long before Beres realized that her organization might serve a greater need. Several months into the filming of the documentary, Riley filed with the Internal Revenue Service to become a registered 501(c)(3). She received approval from both the State of California and the IRS as of May, 2014.
It was exactly one-year from the start of her documentary that Riley and her board members worked quietly behind the scenes to prepare mission statements, long-term goals and begin a program process that can be phased in as the organization grows, to ensure long-term, meaningful outreach.
You can watch a Sockumentary on how something as simple as socks can make a difference in the lives of others. For information on the Sockumentary and on Hope For Our Own: An LA Story, visit http://hopeforourown.wix.com/hopeforourownla#!.
Please join Harriet’s General this February as we take up Riley’s cause to provide socks for those in need. If you bring in 3 pairs of gently used or new socks we will take 15% off your total purchase.