While socks may not seem all that important, they are the most essential item to a homeless person and the item that shelters most need. A variety of socks is needed – for any age, any thickness or material, and any style. The Jan Baker Memorial Sock Drive was started by Jan’s daughter the first holiday after Jan passed away in October 2015. Jan and her daughter volunteered each year on Christmas Day by serving a meal at a homeless shelter. Jan always had cold feet and often wore two pairs of socks, so a sock drive was a great way to honor Jan and give an essential item to the homeless. This year was the 5th anniversary of the Jan Baker Memorial Sock Drive. Last year 1,500 pair of socks were donated to local shelters.