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Socks for Change back at Virgil Avondale

Despite COVID restrictions and a provincial lockdown, collections for Socks for Change at the Virgil Avondale store are more than halfway to last year’s fundraising total. Enough money has been raised in the first month of fundraising to supply 400 pairs of wool socks. For a $2 donation, people can purchase a pair of socks that will be

Socks and gloves help vulnerable stay warm in Niagara Falls

When members of the Stamford Kiwanis Club and Socks for Change showed up at the back door of Project SHARE with two large boxes containing hundreds of pairs of wool socks, pairs of gloves and tuques, the weather was appropriately bitter. A piercing wind and bone-chilling temperatures left exposed fingers burning with cold. Sam Baio

Socks for Change takes big step towards helping Niagara’s poverty-stricken

After hearing how poverty-stricken people wearing wet cotton socks contracted illnesses through their feet, “That just haunted me,” Sam Baio told the ThoroldNews. When the philanthropist and founder/CEO of West49 and the Boathouse sold his clothing stores, he kick-started the Socks for Change program. “I found my purpose.” Financing the volunteer-run project entirely from his

PenFinancial donates $20,000 to kick off this winter’s Socks for Change Program

In a partnership that represents a shared mission of helping the vulnerable and impoverished people of Niagara, Socks for Change and PenFinancial are working together again this winter to deliver new warm wool socks, gloves, hats and scarves to thousands of men, women and children. The truly local credit union donated a generous $20,000 today,

Community dinner program in Welland offers more than hot meals

Originally from Jan 17, 2020 by Kris Dube The Welland Tribune A free community dinner at a downtown Welland church isn’t just a chance for people to enjoy a hearty meal — they can also socialize and make friends while knowing the community cares about them. There are also social opportunities that arise from attending. “I’ve

Sam chats with Tim Denis on 610CKTB

Thank you Tim for chatting with Sam about Socks for Change and how important a pair of socks can be for those who live on the street or can’t afford to by them.

‘Socks for Change’ dives in feet first to end poverty

Sam Baio, a devoted local philanthropist and the founder/CEO of West49 and the Boathouse clothing stores, kick-started the Socks for Change program to help poverty-stricken people in Niagara Three years ago, Sam Baio heard a radio program about how poverty-stricken people wearing wet cotton socks contracted illnesses through their feet. “I heard how shelters get