Project Warm Feet kicks off the holiday season with socks

The Battlefield mascot, Ricki Raccoon, sits with a collection of socks that will be donated alongside others for Project Warm Feet.

The Battle of Richmond Civil War battlefield (located at 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway) will officially begin its annual Project Warm Feet initiative on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 19, the staff of the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center will be taking donations of new, pre-packaged socks of all sizes to give to those less fortunate on a local level. The visitors center ask that the socks be of a longer, warmer, and athletic make.

The donated socks will be going to the Salvation Army and a number of local organizations to be distributed amongst the homeless and other people in need.

Beginning in 2014, Project Warm Feet is a charity drive designed to relate to the needs of today with those of the men and women living through the Civil War.

"How can the people of today relate to the people of the Civil War time?" Battle of Richmond Visitors Center Curator Philip Seyfrit asked. "What do Civil War Soldiers need? They needed food. But there are food drives all over the place and our facility here doesn't lend itself to that. If you read letters from Civil War soldiers, a big common need was socks. Whether it's today or the 1860s, if your feet get cold and wet, you're cold all over. So we started Project Warm Feet."

In 2020 alone, Project Warm Feet collected 3,600 pairs of socks for the needy.

In a statement made to the Register, Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor urged the community to participate in the project.

“I hope everyone will join me in supporting Project Warm Feet this year. This is a great opportunity for our team to support our community while showcasing and supporting our historical roots at our Battlefield Park,” Taylor said. “We look forward to seeing your enthusiastic and generous participation in this project to support those in need as Madison County works together build a better Madison County. Thank you for your support.”

The Battle of Richmond Visitors Center is open from the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The socks can be brought directly to staff members during visiting hours or left in a package on the front porch for a later pick-up.

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