The family of a 20-year-old Marine from Brighton is collecting socks for military members serving overseas, where the pairs of basic foot apparel often become worn out quickly and replacements can be hard to come by.
“Who knew that it was such a big need,” said Lance Corporal Scott Laffey’s father, Don.
The Marine’s 18-year-old Boston Latin School alumna and Boston College-bound sister, Taylor, started the family’s “Socks for Servicemen” campaign that includes a Facebook page.
His mother, Eleanor Laffey, explained that soldiers on the front lines overseas often travel by trudge through canals and trenches in order to avoid roadways and dry land where enemy improvised explosive devices (IEDs) can be common.
Even when they’re walking on dry land, the weather in Afghanistan, where Laffey is currently deployed, and Iraq can be treacherous. In both countries, temperatures can dip well below freezing during the winter and during the summer the mercury can soar to the 120s. Each country has a rainy season and parts of each can receive significant snowfall.
“These kids, in the winter their socks get wet and they have no place to dry them.” “In the summer, the socks get sweaty, they dry them out in the sun and the socks turn as hard as a rock,” said Don Laffey, a 56-year-old veteran mail carrier who told Boston.com earlier this summer that when his job involves putting up with taxing elements like 100-plus degree temperatures, he remembers his son is enduring.
“They’re changing their socks at least once a day,” Eleanor added.
The constant moisture causes the socks to wear faster and, aside from general discomfort, can cause blisters and cuts which can lead to infection.
The family said that not all of the drop-off locations on the campaign’s Facebook page are currently active. Below is a list of sock drop-off spots that are still accepting donations:
- The Elks Lodge #2199, 326 Washington St. Brighton
- Engine 50, 34 Winthrop St. Charlestown
- Johnnies Foodmaster (Bunkerhill Mall), 50 Austin St. Charlestown
- Warren Prescott School, 50 School St. Charlestown
- The Boys and Girls Club, 60 High St. Charlestown
- Kingston Police Dept., 244 Main St., Kingston
- Kingston Fire Dept., 105 Pembroke St. Kingston
- Kingston Town Hall, 26 Evergreen St. Kingston
- Doughboy Police & Fire Supply (RK Crossing), 187 Summer St. Kingston
- VFW Solomon Post, 12 Phiney St. N. Billerica
- Rogers Pharmacy, 923 Main St. Waltham