Sock Display

Bring the #Sockit2PP Campaign to your campus! Sometimes, we get so caught up in Planned Parenthood statistics and fetal development facts that we overlook the humanity of those we’re fighting for. Help show your peers the humanity of the pre-born with a display of baby socks that will never be worn by the smallest victims of abortion.

SFLA Resources to Request from your Regional Coordinator:

  • “Fetal Pain” topic cards
  • “We Don’t Need PP” topic cards
  • “Apologetics 101” training

Steps:

  1. Start collecting socks! OR Request a big box of socks from your Regional Coordinator!
    • Inform local organizations of your upcoming display. If you want to display 300 socks, each one representing 10 lives lost from abortion, you will need help collecting them. Ask local churches to tell their congregation and youth groups about the display to collect socks. Ask different group members to pick up the socks from the church. Invite participating organizations to check out the display when it is up.
    • Instruct group members to go to Goodwill and other thrift stores to buy discounted socks.
  2. Reserve a space for the display.
    • Talk to your administration or group adviser about the display, and obtain permission from your school. Complete any necessary paperwork in advance.
  • A high-traffic outside area is best due to the space you will need. Try to host the display multiple days with different class schedules to reach more students. We recommend before school, during lunch, and after school.
  1. Figure out the logistics of the display.
  • If you want to hang the socks and your space has two trees, you can tie multiple clotheslines between each tree. Otherwise, you can fill 5 gallon buckets with cement and stick poles in it. Then, you can tie the clotheslines to the poles. Each sock will only need one clothespin. Be sure to test this before the big day and prepare for wind.
  • Other presentation ideas:
    • Stick them to poster boards.
    • Lay in front of Cemetery of the Innocents crosses.
    • Pile them in little laundry baskets.
    • Pair with Fetal Pain or Human Rights Tabletop display.
  1. Create flyers.
  • Ask one of your artistic group members to create quarter or half sheet flyer for the display. Make sure the flyers explain each of the 300 socks represents 10 lives lost from abortion in the U.S. each day (or whatever your chosen number is). Add post-abortion resources and your local pregnancy help center information on the flyers. Include ways students can get involved with your group at the bottom (next meeting time, social media, email, etc.).
  1. Organize workers for the display.
  • Ask group members to sign-up to work the display. At least two members must be present at all times. Set-up and take-down will need multiple people. Set-up at least an hour early. An easy way to keep your list of volunteers organized is a Google doc. Email this out to members or post it on your group’s private Facebook page.
  • Ask your Regional Coordinator to give your group an “Apologetics” training.
  1. Work the display.
  • Pass out as many of your flyers and topic cards as you can, and use them to start conversations. Have a good attitude and encourage people to share their opinions on the display content!
  • Take tons of pictures and videos to post on your group’s social media accounts.
  • If someone is upset and angry, stay calm. Remember, you don’t know their story. They may have been hurt by abortion in their past. You should always strive to be a good ambassador for your group, Students for Life of America, and the pro-life movement. Be loving, be kind, be truthful and your display will touch many people.

 

What do you do with the socks afterward?

Once you’ve packed up the display, you have a few options. You can make the baby sock display a tradition for your group and hold on to them for next semester. However, if you wanted to do the display only one time, then take your box of socks to your local Pregnancy Resource Center and donate them. Win-win!

 

Questions? Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information.