The Princeton Youth Hockey Association Tigers U12 Orange team is helping to warm the hearts of homeless people in our community, two feet at a time. The team has undertaken an initiative to collect 1,000 pairs of new socks over a three-and-a-half week period, and donate their collection to the homeless through The Joy of Sox, a non-profit organization in operation since 2010 whose simple mission is “to provide joy to the homeless with new socks.”

When your sock drawer runneth over, it can be hard for a twelve-year-old to imagine people who want nothing more than one warm pair of socks to keep their feet dry, but this drive, lovingly donned Warm Feet, Warm Heart, is exposing the U12 team to the reality that there are many people in desperate need of such a basic item that is often taken for granted. “Our kids put on socks every day,” said Sue Tame, mother of Caeden Harvey-Tame of the U12 team, “but the homeless don’t as it’s the least donated item. There is a desperate need for socks as the cold weather approaches.”

The U12 Tigers have placed a collection bin at ProSkate Ice Arena in Monmouth Junction, and are also publicizing their collection through social media and flyer distribution. Just two days into the drive, the sock tally already totaled 185 pairs, including four pairs donated by the ProSkate Pro Shop. The Warm Feet, Warm Heart sock drive will continue through December 22. If you would like to make a donation of new socks but are unable to make it to ProSkate, you can contact Sue Tame at sue@suetame.com for alternate drop-off arrangements.

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Scott Richmond, Catie Samaan, Head Coach Gary Kane, Lawrence Xue, Charles Ross, Nick Brennan, Andrew Schwab, Caeden Harvey-Tame, Burhanuddin Danish, Assistant Coach Peter Kuenne and Luke Trowbridge. Stylianos Damianakis, (front row) Cooper Zullo, Kate Morey, Jackson Sgro and Grifin Schaefer, (not pictured) Stylianos Damianakis

Princeton Youth Hockey Association (PYHA) is a member of USA Hockey and the New Jersey Youth Hockey League. PYHA is a Tier II travel hockey program fielding teams from Mite (U8) through Midget (U18), in addition to a learn-to-play-hockey program called Tiger Cubs that is designed for players between the ages of 4 and 7. PYHA is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that is privileged to call historic Baker Rink at Princeton University its home rink.