11/10/2010 10:57 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

St. Anthony's needs socks for homeless veterans

Hey, St. Anthony's is best known for their food services in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, and also for their computer lab, but here's something real which I never would've guessed.

Here's something we all can do for Veterans Day, though they can always use financial contributions.

Next Thursday, November 11th, is Veterans Day. About 25% of the thousands of meals that are served each day at St. Anthony's are served to Veterans. This year, St. Anthony's and the VA will reach out to homeless and low-income veterans, to help connect them to services and to hand out socks and small gifts of appreciation. (Socks are a near currency among the homeless population who rarely get to rest for long enough periods in safe enough areas to take off their shoes.)

One of every three homeless men in America has served in the armed forces and every night an estimated 131,000 veterans sleep out on the streets, according to the VA.  Please consider making a donation of clean, brand new socks to St. Anthony's, which will in turn be given to veterans on Veterans Day. You can drop off your sock donations, labeled "for vets", to 150 Golden Gate Avenue from 8:00-5:00, Mondaythrough Friday, or to St. Anthony's Dining Room at 45 Jones Street during the weekend.

Even better, ask your friends and co-workers to join together for a minisock drive. Set a goal of 10 or 20 pairs of socks and bring them in!