At a 2005 meeting on homeless in our community Michael Bloomfield was surprised to learn of the seriousness of foot health problems on the street and the desperate need for socks. He reached out to McGregor Socks and a powerful story of compassion and cooperation began.
From 2005 – 2015, McGregor Socks donated about 70,000 pairs of socks valued at well beyond $150,000. What began with the compassionate interest of one person has grown into a coalition over 30 social service agencies led by Cool Aid and Avodah, the social action group of Victoria’s historic synagogue membership – Congregation Emanu-El.
The success of the program brought more and more requests to McGregor Socks from across Canada. Owing to the widespread demand, McGregor introduced a nominal cost for the socks which it continues to provide. However, 5000 pair of socks and shipping requires nearly $7500 each year.
Thanks to the generosity of Cook Roberts Lawyers, BMO, Hutcheson and Co Accounting, Megson-FitzPatrick Insurance, Odd Fellows, Wadell-Raponi Law, Michael and Christine Bloomfield, Scotiabank, Shelagh Rinald Tax Advisory, Lorna Eastman Financial, and MP Murray Rankin socks were provided again in 2016. Again La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries generously provided transport from Ontario.
“Anyone of us could be down on our luck at some point in our lives,” said Bloomfield, and I am grateful to live in a community that helps those in need.” With your help we can do it again in 2017.
Rabbi Harry Brechner, whose Victoria congregation is dedicated to helping the homeless, said, “Everybody deserves a warm bed, nice breakfast and fresh socks. These socks are a powerful manifestation of the teaching, love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
“Of all the gifts we receive, the importance of socks cannot be overemphasized,” said Rev. Al Tysick. “A gift of socks is a gift of health for our neighbours who are homeless.”
“The body part that suffers most among people who are homeless are their feet,” said Don McTavish, Cool Aid’s shelter manager. McGregor Industries and members of our community have stepped up with a very generous contribution of thousands of badly needed socks for people who are homeless. “
To contribute to this heart and foot warming project please contact Michael Bloomfield firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to Cool-Aid’s website and make an e-transfer to the email address rent@CoolAid.org. Please indicate that the money is for and provide donor name and complete contact information for receipting and any needed follow up.” Thank you.