Transportation

Metro Bus Drivers Reach Out To Houston’s Homeless This Holiday

The transit agency conducts an annual sock drive to benefit people living on the streets.

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Metro drivers gave out socks in James Bute Park near downtown, where many homeless take shelter under the bridge.

A festively-decorated Metro bus pulled up in front of James Bute Park just outside downtown, offering a welcome gift to the homeless men who’d spent a cold and damp night on the streets.

Employees in Santa hats came with big red baskets filled with brand new socks.

The annual sock giveaway was started several years ago by bus driver Patricia Moon. She says she was moved by the fact that many people don’t have simple necessities.

“By being bus operators we go from one side of the city to the other side and we get to see a lot of the homeless people. We pick up some of these people as well,” says Moon. 

Also helping with the effort was bus driver Fidel Minor. He’s been with Metro for 29 years, but he says there was a time when he and his family were homeless.

“We had to live in a church,” says Minor. “But somebody loved and cared enough about us that they would allow us an opportunity to get up on our feet and do better, and ever since then we’ve never looked back.”

There were about a dozen men at the park. Some came forward to receive their socks, while drivers walked around to picnic tables to make sure everyone had a few pairs.

All the socks were donated by Metro employees.    

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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