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A foot-warming effort: Nationwide, communities gather socks for needy families

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive to aid thousands

Colorado Springs, CO (Aug. 15, 2012) – In more than 200 American cities, people are giving to care for needy families’ feet as part of a campaign inspired by a Disney film released today, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) launched the Sock Drive July 9 in cooperation with The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes.

“Often it’s difficult for community members to know how to best help others in less-fortunate situations,” said AGRM President John Ashmen. “For homeless individuals, who often stand and walk a great deal, clean, dry pairs of socks offer much warmth and comfort. The Sock Drive is a caring, effective way people can reach out to their neighbors in need.”

Boxes set up at about 500 locations across the country – such as theaters, grocery stores, churches, and schools – invite community members to contribute new socks until the drive wraps up Sept. 3. The socks will go to more than 100 rescue missions, each a member of AGRM, where staff members and volunteers will distribute them to men, women and children they aid.

Hanes will match North American donations up to 10,000 pairs of socks.

“We are grateful to be collaborating with The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes as well as numerous community organizations for this important effort that will provide much-needed socks for thousands of families across the nation,” Ashmen said.

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Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. (
Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012.

Hanes, America’s No. 1 Apparel Brand, is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at  Hanes is a flagship brand of Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) (

Founded in 1913, The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is an association of more than 275 rescue missions across North America.  Each year AGRM member ministries serve approximately 50 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights’ lodging, distribute more than 27 million pieces of clothing, bandage the wounds of hundreds of abuse victims, and graduate more than 18,000 homeless men and women from addiction-recovery programs into productive living.