Maggie’s Matches helps put new socks in hands of homeless, struggling families

Clintonville resident Maggie Daiber collects unmatched socks to donate to families and individuals in need.

CLINTONVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) –  An 11-year-old Clintonville girl is finding new homes for thousands of socks missing their mates.

Maggie Daiber got the idea for her charity, Maggie’s Matches, at the age of five.

“I asked my mom where all the socks went when they got lost in the washer and dryer,” said Maggie. “She said ‘I don’t know, but maybe we can match my socks to your socks.'”

Maggie’s Matches launched in 2011. The goal is find mates for socks, recycle them and then donate the pairs to families and individuals in need.

Maggie said they drop off the socks at the Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center. It’s located at 14 W. Lakeview Avenue in Clintonville.

The charity begins taking donations in late October and then begin matching them up just before Christmas.

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“This year we’re giving them to the Red Cross to give to people who have lost their homes to fire,” said Maggie.

In 2011, Maggie’s Matches collected 390 pairs of socks. Another 450 were donated in 2012 and 690 in 2013.

Surprisingly, Maggie said they find matches for the thousands of socks donated by neighbors, classmates, friends and strangers.

“It’s really not a great big town,” said Maggie, “And lots of people buy socks from some of the same stores. So now I’m not surprised that our socks are alike.”

In 2012, Maggie gave a TEDxKids Talk about her charity. You can watch is by clicking here.

Maggie said her recycling and donations make her feel good. She even has some advice for kids looking to start a charity of their own.

“Start small definitely. If you start with something big, it’s just going to get way too hard.”

Maggie will be taking donations for this year’s donation up until December 21. You can find a list of drop off locations by clicking here and visiting Maggie’s Facebook page.

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