Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 18, 2013

Warm feet

Teen' drive secures socks for Dressing Room

The Independent

ASHLAND — Like Judy Carne, Megan Downey could be known as the next “sock-it-to-me girl,” although it is likely that the 17-year-old  junior as Paul G. Blazer High School has never even heard of Carne and the phrase that gave her 15 minutes of fame in the late 1960s. And Downey’s claim to fame comes from the socks we wear on our feet, not the four-word phrase that Carne made famous on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” the popular TV variety show in th late 1960s.

Carne became known as the “original sock-it-to-me girl” by uttering “Sock it to me!” during brief interludes on the comedy show, but she never succeeded in turning that fame into lasting success in entertainment. But enough about Carne. Our point here is to praise Megan Downey.

Wanting to do more for her community, Downey went to Lucy Davis, executive director of the Dressing Room, to ask what she could do to help the agency that distributes clothing free of charge from its headquarters in The Neighborhood in the old Johnson’s Dairy building on Carter Avenue. Downey knew about the Dressing Room because her parents, Tony and Melissa Downey, are active volunteers there.

Davis told the teen that there is always a need for socks. While most of the clothing distributed by the agency that for decades was known as Federated Charities is used, the Dressing Room prefers to distribute new socks and underwear.

After meeting with Davis, Downey attended a meeting of the Ashland Board of Education which gave her permission to launch a project requesting elementary school students to donate socks. The classroom donating the most pairs of socks at each school won a pizza party.

The project collected an impressive 1,325 pairs of socks for The Dressing Room. Downey delivered the socks to the clothing closet last week and they now are keeping the feet of children warm throughout the area.

We commend Megan Downey for her project and choose to call her the new sock-it-to-me girl, even if she doesn’t have the foggiest idea who Judy Carne is.