The Great Undie Heist: Socks and Underwear Stolen from Valley Outreach

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Valley Outreach is reporting that multiple pairs of socks and underwear have gone missing from a clotheslines in front their building on Curve Crest Boulevard.

The heist, according Valley Outreach Executive Director Tracy Maki, begs the question: Is it kids playing pranks or are people taking them because they need them?

“We put up the clothesline and hung old socks and underwear along it to bring awareness to our Undie Week sock and underwear drive,” Maki said. “We thought it would be a quirky thing to draw attention, which it has. While we’ve been taking in donations of new underwear, we’ve also had sock-grabbers busy under cover of darkness. I expected a few pairs would go missing, and a few pairs of nicer underwear, now we’re up to about a dozen pilfered items.”

For the past week, Valley Outreach has been raising awareness about the need for new socks and underwear for its Clothing Closet. There have been the usual social media postings encouraging donations, but also, a rather unconventional display of undies strung along a clothesline on Curve Crest Boulevard with a sign that reads “Undie Week Donate Here Only New, Thanks.”

On Sunday, St. Croix Valley churches kicked off the 3rd annual Undie Sunday, which led into Undie Week. The Valley Outreach Clothing Closet offers gently used clothing for children and adults, relying almost exclusively on donations from area residents.

What is not gently used, however, are the socks and underwear distributed to those in need.

In the last year, Valley Outreach clients could receive 5 pairs of socks and 5 pairs of underwear two times a year. So far this year, more than 8,000 pairs of socks and underwear have been given out.

“We treat our clients as we’d like to be treated. Accepting only new, in-the-package socks and underwear to distribute is one way to accomplish that,” Maki said.

You can still bring in your donations to Valley Outreach, 1901 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October 9. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

New socks and underwear may be donated in the package. Emphasis on larger sizes for both women and men (boxers preferred over briefs).

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