GRACE Rey has two words for everyone in the community who supported the jocks and socks for homeless people campaign she coordinated.
"Thank you" are the words she would like to say to everyone who donated jocks or a pair of socks.
"An enormous warm thank you goes to members in our local communities for their support," she said.
"I am overjoyed to announce we had an incredulous 2500 items donated."
The donations were made in the Nowra, Wollongong and Stanwell Point areas.
"This generosity and spirit is a great reminder of what we can do together," Grace said.
"I had a lovely older lady phone me a week after the collection stopped asking me where she could drop her donations off to.
"She could not get to the ANZ Bank in time as she had been unwell. It was a beautiful gesture and it filled my heart with joy."
Homeless hubs in Nowra and Wollongong, Shoalhaven Youth Support Service, Bomaderry's Salt Ministries and Safe Shelter Shoalhaven all got a share of the donations.
Grace, in the middle of the campaign, had a moment that put things into reality.
She lost her wallet and was not amused.
"I was exhausted, had just driven from the Dapto and Figtree drop off points and had some media activities," she said.
"I had collected some baskets of socks and jocks that needed to be transported back to Nowra.
"I pulled up at an ATM as I needed to get some cardless cash before I cancelled my cards and reported my lost wallet.
"I was stressed, annoyed and angry at myself for losing my wallet. I noticed a man nearby who I had seen around before walking the streets and it dawned on me he was probably not in regular housing.
"I said 'hello' and we started chatting. Before he went on his way I said " hey mate, do want a pair of socks? Your feet are looking a little cold'.
"He gave me a great big smile and said 'sure'. I explained to him why I had baskets of them in the car and I gave him several pairs. He was so joyful at the gesture."
Meeting the man helped Grace realise her own plight was minuscule.
"At that moment (when the man walked away) immediately I had a great sense of joy and a great contented smile came across my face," she said.
"I forgot all about my wallet. It was no longer important and at that moment I reminded myself of why I was doing this campaign."
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Grace has a list of people she would like to thank.
"There are many thank yous to send to the community members who provided pro-bono resources and I am indebted to for their resources and benevolence," Grace said
"I would like to thank Jamie Mcainsh from the Marketing Clan, my initial supporter, who helped for the second year with marketing and for just being there to bounce ideas off and this campaign could not get up and running without him.
"Thanks to The Little Blow art bar for the wonderful painting by Jamie Cole which was auctioned off and raised $480 which allowed his partner to shop at Bonds and purchase two large boxes of socks and jocks,
"Brendan Faulkner who provided the shipping container for our Socks and Jocks headquarters, and for the kind donation of $500 for my petrol and printing costs is another person I want to thank.
"Nicola Rennie-Carter provided our Stanwell Park pick up point and drove out to meet me at the Wollongong Hub with over 500 items from her own sock company so I would like to thank her and thanks to Trent Hilaire from Hill To Air Photo and Video.
"Thanks to Gaynor Peters from Gaynor Peters Property for her moral support and encouragement for some years now.
"I would also like to thank Terry Rainer Mobile lending who without help we would not have the ANZ Bank for our main Nowra drop off, and thanks to Aussie Mortgage Brokers in Figtree and Dapto and Kmart who also donated for their second year.
"Thanks to the girls from South Coast Property Styling for having confidence in my campaign and teaching me diplomacy in frustrating situations throughout the campaign."
Grace said together many community members helped share some dignity to people in need.