Patricia Moon is well-acquainted with the streets of Houston, and the people who call it home. She sees their faces and is grateful to be high and dry, warm or cool, despite the season as she drives her METROBus around town. Her route puts her in contact with some of the city’s most needy individuals, and face-to-face with the reality that some people have little to celebrate – despite the season. Sound depressing?
“That’s not my attitude,” says Patricia, as she pulls to a stop and greets another rider. “We all can find something to celebrate if we look for it.” But Patricia not only looks for, she helps others find, “it” –sometimes in unusual places. Take the baskets with a bow in hallways at METRO facilities where Patricia tells fellow employees to “Put a Sock In It” – and she will make sure each sock finds an appreciative foot.
This is the fourth year Patricia has encouraged fellow METRO staff to put clean, new socks on Santa’s shelf and leave the delivery to her. Last year she collected more than 3,500 pairs – this year she wants to take it to 6,000. The smiles this yearly act of kindness generates are enough to warm Patricia’s sensible rubber soles.
METRO employees are supportive, including those at the Hiram Clarke Bus Operations Facility where Patricia works. The organization’s mission puts them front and center with all of Houston and during this season they are especially aware that it’s good to be able to give. Dolores Brown, a fellow METROBus operator says, “When I saw the concept I was convinced. Everybody needs socks, including the homeless. Patricia is a caring lady, willing to help everyone. It’s her everyday personality.”