The Perfect Match: OrthoAtlanta and Southern Medical Linen Team Up to Warm Up With Sweetwater Mission Sock Donation Program

OrthoAtlanta Surgery Center Austell and Southern Medical Linen Service announce Sock Donation Program for Sweetwater Mission, Austell, Georgia

Soft, comfy, colorful socks are warming the toes of those in need across Cobb and Douglas counties thanks to the collaborative efforts of two local Atlanta companies partnering with Sweetwater Mission to bring new life to gently used socks.

​​​Socks are among the most-requested but least-donated item at homeless shelters and local needs organizations including Sweetwater Mission, a 501c(3) non-profit based in Austell, Georgia, serving families in Cobb and Douglas counties. Weaving together a bit of ingenuity and a spirit of collaboration, OrthoAtlanta Surgery Center in Austell and Southern Medical Linen Service in Atlanta launched a sock donation program providing Sweetwater Mission patrons with soft, comfy, cozy socks. An initial donation of nearly 2,000 pairs of socks kicked off the program, along with a commitment to make future sock donations for those in need in Austell, Douglasville, Mableton, Marietta, and beyond.

As a bit of background, same-day outpatient surgery patients at the OrthoAtlanta Surgery Center Austell are offered a pair of socks to keep toes toasty during surgery. Typically, the socks are disposed of immediately after surgery.

Rather than dispose of the hundreds of pairs of socks utilized in the Surgery Center each month, OrthoAtlanta ASC Administrator Lynda Krokoff knew the socks, most of which had never touched the floor, could benefit those in need. Partnering with their linen supplier, locally owned Southern Medical Linen Service, President Ken Brandeis offered to clean the socks that are now donated to Sweetwater Mission.

Expressing appreciation for the sock donation program, Debbie Ginocchio, Sweetwater Mission Outreach Director, said, "We're excited to partner with OrthoAtlanta and Southern Medical Linen and appreciate the commitment of these two companies to help serve those in need within our local community.”

“It’s a perfect match,” expressed Dr. Mark Duffield, OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeon and member of the board of directors of Sweetwater Mission. “Sweetwater Mission does so much for the community. We’re thrilled to know that cozy, warm socks, can now take away some of winter’s chill for those in need.” 

To learn more about Sweetwater Mission or to donate, go to


OrthoAtlanta is one of the largest physician-owned orthopedic and sports medicine practices in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area providing an integrated approach to delivering musculoskeletal care. With 39 physicians serving in 14 offices, the practice provides the highest level of patient care for injury or deformity of muscles, joints, bones and spine. OrthoAtlanta Surgery Centers in Austell and Fayetteville provide cost-effective, same-day surgical procedures in an accredited outpatient center.

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Contact: Pat Prosser, Public Relations Manager, OrthoAtlanta, 678-996-7254,


Southern Medical Linen Service has been providing premium cleaning and delivery services to Georgia medical practices, imaging centers, sleep centers, physical therapy facilities and surgery centers since 1993. To learn more, visit or call (770) 270-2345.


Sweetwater Mission is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization based in Austell, Georgia, offering food and clothing assistance and social services to low-income residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. Committed to stabilizing families and transforming lives, Sweetwater Mission provides a full-service client choice food pantry, a clothing program providing new and gently used clothing items for all members of the family, plus baby diapers, personal hygiene products, laundry detergent and household cleaning supplies when available. As a United Way Kids Home Initiative Partner, Sweetwater Mission works collaboratively with school social workers and professional case managers to help families and keeps their children in school. The HOPE Program offers work-readiness training in one of a three-part curriculum that includes computer skills, resume writing, interview skills, effective communication, work ethics and more. To learn more about Sweetwater Mission or to make a donation, go to

Source: OrthoAtlanta


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