Socks for Change News

Neighbourhood Annual Fundraising Walk May Have Looked Different, But They Made the Most Of It

This past weekend a group of INCREDIBLE women raised $2833 for Socks for Change, providing warm wool socks and winter accessories to our Niagara Community. They call themselves the Walk Chic’s, a growing group of neighbours and friends in St. Catharines that walk for a cause EVERY year and this year we were very lucky

Maple Crest Early School Students Raise $3170

Maple Crest Early School has been a strong supporter of Socks for Change. This year, their students wanted to help provide other kids with warmth by giving them wool socks, knit gloves, and fleece hats. They connected with these kids through Food4Kids Niagara, a charitable organization that provides healthy food packages to kids aged 4-14

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

NIAGARA REGIONAL POLICE HANDING OUT WINTER CARE BUNDLES TO THOSE IN NEED

Niagara Regional Police officers are working with a local program to provide winter care bundles to people in need. An NRP group began working with Socks For Change in December, putting together packages including gloves, a neck warmer, a toque, and socks. Last week members of the Community Engagement Unit handed out 75 bundles at

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,

Principal Lockyer of Diamond Trail Public School

Thank you Principal Lockyer and the DSBN for helping to ensure that our warm wool socks and winter accessories get to those students who need them the most! The need for warm wool socks continues throughout the winter. Please donate 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

Matt Holmes Speaks with Founder Socks for Change Sam Baio

Matt Holmes Speaks with Founder Socks for Change Sam Baio

Our Home with Mayor Sendzik

Thank you Mayor Sendzik for having Sam on to talk about Socks for Change.

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.

Community Partner – Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold

We have amazing community partners, who help us make sure that our warm wool socks and winter accessories get to those in our community who need them most. Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. Over the past year, they have seen

Community Partner – Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility has been a supporter of Socks For Change since the beginning. Pride Mobility has provided us a warehouse space to store our socks and winter accessories. Without this warehouse space, we would not be able to do what we do. Thank you so much to the entire team at Pride Mobility and your

Community Partner – Community Care West Niagara

We have amazing community partners, who help us make sure that our warm wool socks and winter accessories get to those in our community who need them most. Community Care West Niagara is a first responder when it comes to aiding those in financial hardship, specifically when it comes to assisting with necessities. Socks for

Community Partner – PenFinancial Credit Union

PenFinancial Credit Union has been a partner from the beginning. PenFinancial’s Truly Local Commitment is centered around improving lives and strengthening communities. Your support will help us this year in reaching our goal of donating 35,000 pairs of socks and 25,000 winter accessories to those in need across Niagara. We could not do what we

Socks for Change: West 49 founder Sam Baio puts his heart into warming feet

Jan 28, 2019 by Cheryl Clock – The St. Catharines Standard In his mind, it was an easy fix. Give people who live in poverty wool socks, and they’ll at least have warm, dry feet. He’s a fabric guy. And he knows that cotton tube socks just don’t cut it in the winter. They get wet, stay

‘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

Spare change needed for sock donation project

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018 | by Douglas Hunt Claire Gallop is no stranger to the effect frigid temperatures can have on feet. The administrative assistant in Brock’s Department of Philosophy walks up the Niagara Escarpment trails to work each day from her home, even in the depths of winter. This first-hand knowledge prompted Gallop to begin volunteering with Socks

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