A Gift of Warmth to the Homeless

Press Release New Metro Going Places

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Release Date:  Dec. 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network, METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV/HOT lanesBikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at ridemetro.org where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, Next Bus Arrival texting and the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  

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Socks Warm Hearts & Feet

METRO bus operator Patricia Moon is helping put socks in the hands of the homeless during this holiday season.

Moon is on a mission to hand out 10,000 socks to homeless individuals the day before Christmas through her "Put A Sock In It" organization.   She began this annual tradition in 2009 when she noticed a homeless person on the street, barefoot in cold weather.

baby and mother sock event

"Giving socks to people who need them warms my heart because they are so appreciative of the small things," said Bus operator Patricia Moon. "These are small items we often take for granted."

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Bus operator Moon collects socks for one month by leaving baskets at several METRO facilities and partner institutions like Rice University and the Houston Community College Coleman Campus, where she attends school.

After Moon collects the baskets full of socks, she sorts and places them into Christmas bags.  Moon and other METRO volunteers drive to several locations where the homeless congregate to distribute warmth to those in need.

Sock Angels
Bus operator Patricia Moon and System Safety Joyce Williams dropping off donation baskets at METRO Headquarters.

The Coalition for the Homeless reports more than 6,300 people are without a home on any given night.

EDITORS NOTE:  Patricia Moon will pull out of the bus bay at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.  Please contact the METRO Press Office at 713-739-4040 to make arrangements for a ride-along.