For nearly two decades, Sharon Hayslett has been known as the “women in socks,” delivering socks, coats, hats, and even underwear to day care centers, churches, and school districts. and anywhere else where children or even adults may need appropriate clothing. .
A longtime resident of the original Quad-Cities from East Moline, Hayslett lives on Rock Island.
As a licensed evangelist, Hayslett has always been a servant, leading the volunteer group “Your Mercy” and founding the “All Children of God Will Have” outreach activity. .
In 2015, Hayslett was presented with the “I Have a Dream” award at the 32nd Annual Service in honor of Father Martin Luther King at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Rock Island. In 2018, she was awarded the Jefferson Award for years of service.
Her position might seem like a small thing, but the amount of socks, hats, gloves, and even panties she’s given out over the years would take a calculator. Over the years, her set has distributed more than 2,000 pairs of socks.
But at 77, Hayslett said she’s ready to retire.
Sitting at the table December 15 at Skip-a-Long Child Development Services in Rock Island, Hayslett says she’s worried about the future of her ministry because, “Nobody says they’re really. want it.”