Socks for soldiers


UGA fashion merchandising students sent a box containing about 100 pairs of wool socks to soldiers serving in Afghanistan, where night temperatures can dip below zero degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. The socks arrived at Bagram Air Field in February and were distributed by USO Duty Manager Michelle Turner (BSFCS ’04, MPA ’11). The project was born when Gwen Hustvedt of Texas State University purchased wool from sheep farmers in Madison County, Texas and Virginia and had socks made to explore consumer preferences for locally grown fibers. After her marketing study was finished, she collaborated with UGA Extension, faculty and scientists from UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Madison County Extension to find a use for the leftover socks.

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