RADNOR, Pa. (Feb. 16, 2017) —On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Cabrini University collected 3,916 pairs of socks in a community-wide attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Sock Drive in 8 Hours—Single Location.
The world record goal was 2,459 pairs.
“I’m inspired by the way the Cabrini community embraced the challenge and collectively worked together to break this world record goal,” said Donald B. Taylor, PhD, President of Cabrini University. “Having clean, intact, warm socks won’t end homelessness, but it adds to the health and quality of life in a small, but profound, way.”
Beginning at noon, the sock drive—which honored the University’s 60th Anniversary—collected new socks from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The donations will be distributed in collaboration with The Joy of Sox, a Delaware County-based nonprofit that collects new socks for people who are experiencing homelessness.
“Breaking a world record through service was such a great way for Cabrini to kick off the celebration of our 60th year,” said Thomas Southard, JD, Executive Director of the Wolfington Center. “It was an effort supported by the local community, bringing together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and even area residents and businesses.”
The Joy of Sox Founder Tom Costello Jr helped the University collect socks that fulfill the greatest need in the Philadelphia area and will help students distribute the socks to local homeless shelters.
“The Joy of Sox was the perfect organization to partner with, as they've been great supporters of our University in the past, and we've worked together to grow our mutual commitment to social justice,” said Southard.
For more information, visit cabrini.edu/soxfor60.
This post was updated Feb. 17 to reflect the final collection number.
About Cabrini University
Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.
Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.