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Socks for soldiers

Amidst the business of making yellow bows, Hotaling is also planning a fundraiser for Friday, August 14, at Saratoga Elks Lodge. She is teaming up with Donny "Elvis" Romines, an Elvis impersonator, to gather items for care packages and money which will benefit Blue Star Mothers and troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hotaling suggests a donation of snack items and white crew or tube socks.

"A lot of people don't realize, we take so much for granted in everyday life. Those soldiers wear socks three or five days at a time and throw them away because they don't have somewhere to wash them," said Hotaling, who has collected about 400 pairs and hopes to reach at least 1,000. "I'd ask people, 'why don't you wear socks for four or five days and don't take them off or wash your feet' to see what it's like."

Volunteering has always been a part of her life, said Hotaling, and she encourages others to do their part too. First, though, she suggests looking up its definition.

"I really think people who volunteer need to look up the word in the dictionary because it's doing something without expecting anything back in return," said Hotaling. "That's always been my big pet peeve, people saying they're volunteering and then say they deserve this or that. Do it because you want to and should."

Those interested in donating socks can contact Hotaling at 885-8811.""

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