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‘Green’ sock drive starts today

ALBANY, Ga. — The “Odd Life of Timothy Green,” a Walt Disney film that includes scenes filmed in Albany and Dawson, premieres in theaters today. It is also inspiring an effort to help those in need.

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is the story of a married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who want to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. They bury a box containing their wishes for a child in their backyard and soon Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep. The film, directed by Peter Hedges, is rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. It opens today at the Carmike Theater in Albany.

In conjunction with the release, the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Terrell County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a sock drive to help warm and comfort the feet of area families in need. The drive starts today and continues through Sept. 3.

This is part of an effort the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) has launched in cooperation with The Walt Disney Studios and Hanes. During the course of the drive, community members are encouraged to donate new socks to help area families as part of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Sock Drive.

“Many of the infirmities that homeless people endure are actually borne in their feet because of all the walking and standing they do,” AGRM President John Ashmen said in a news release. “New socks — clean, dry and without holes — will go a long way to provide comfort and care for the men, women and children who are desperate for assistance.”

Drop boxes are available to collect donations at the Albany Welcome Center, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Carmike Wynnsong 16, the Shoe Box locations on Dawson Road and at the Albany Mall, and at the Terrell County Chamber of Commerce.

Valley Rescue Mission will distribute the socks to the families it aids. Hanes will match North American donations of up to 10,000 pairs of socks, officials say.

“(The goal) is to raise as much as we can. The more the merrier,” said Jenny Collins, manager of marketing and communications for the Albany CVB. “We will take whatever we can get.

“Albany was very fortunate to be selected as a site for (the movie) to be filmed. We want to help the community out as much as we can.”

Gina Webb, executive director of the Terrell Chamber, said the community there has strong hopes for the drive as well.

“We hope the sock drive is successful in getting socks collected for the homeless (in our area),” she said. “We do know there is a large amount of homeless people living in the area.

“We are also doing this to highlight the release of the film because it was partially filmed here. (The filming) was a super experience for us. We want to collect something to do our part (with the sock drive).”

Socks for men, women and children are all being collected. For more details about the sock drive, visit https://www.agrm.org/sockdrive.