Socks for Soldiers met Thursday for a packing session where members of the Amarillo community came together to pack care packages for U.S. troops deployed overseas.
Some 50 people cycled through the packing sessions all hoping to do their part. But one volunteer had a special bond with the group's mission, one that goes back many years.
Amarillo native, Sally Ferrell was especially happy to be helping Socks for Soldiers.
"There's so many that don't hear from anybody else in the states," said Ferrell.
This efforts was especially near and dear to her heart since her currently deployed son, U.S. Army Sgt.. Scott Ferrell, and the group's founder go way back.
"My son was in elementary school and she was the secretary at that school so I've known her a long time and she's known Scott," she said.
"In fact, I think Scott was the one that crawled under through my doggie door and let me into the house one time when I was locked out," added Socks for Soldiers Amarillo Founder, Carolyn Miller.
Miller said it's knowing there are many more troops like Scott that keep Socks for Soldiers going strong. By the end of Thursday's packing sessions, the group hoped to pack some 500 bags to mail to the troops as early as next week.
"We've sent more than 55,000 bags to troops in the seven years," said Miller. "It's a wonderful feeling."
Because it's not just about keeping their feet warm, but their hearts, as well.
"It's just a little touch of home for them," said Sally Ferrell. "It's not what's in the package as much as getting the package."
Socks for Soldiers doesn't just send socks, either. The care packages are also full of things like travel-sized toiletries, snacks, hot hands warming packets, even a small Christmas ornament and blank Christmas card the troops could use to fill out and send home to a family member or friend.
Socks for Soldiers is always in need of more donations, as well a new lists of names and addresses of deployed troops to send packages to. For more information, log on to www.socksforsoldiersamarillo.com.