Sock it to ‘em

80251153_2734348236610939_2640952502429679616_n croppedOnce again, congregant Michael Bloomfield sees the successful delivery of 10,000 new pairs of socks to Vancouver Island. The 10,000 pairs of socks will be given to people who are homeless and at risk by 25 local social service agencies that work together to serve our community.
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Congregant Michael Bloomfield receives prestigious National Philanthropy Day Award

Michael Bloomfield PhilanthropyTzedakah is a fundamental part of the Jewish way of life and of Michael Bloomfield’s life. There are many ways we can fulfill our obligation to perform tzedakah including helping the poor and we Jews know that we must do more than just taking care of our own. Michael Bloomfield has been a tireless contributor to our kehillah, the larger community and our world. Congregation Emanu-El celebrates his generosity and kindness which was recognized by a well-deserved National Philanthropy Day Award at a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the McPherson Playhouse.

Since 2007 Michael has raised funds and socks to provide over 100,000 pairs, worth at least $500,000 to 30 organizations serving people in need. In accepting the award at McPherson Playhouse Michael shared with the audience the Jewish belief that “whoever saves one life, it is as if saving an entire world” and inspired them to action by saying “you don’t have to be rich to be a philanthropist you just need to care.”

Congratulations to Michael Bloomfield who dedicated the award to Christine and the many donors and partners, including Emanu-El, Cool-Aid and McGregor’s Socks who have made the Socks project a great success, helping many people and families.

Harbour Cats•Emanu-El•Anwim House Fundraiser a Success!

Anawim Sock Toss

On Monday July 10, 2019 Harbour Cats baseball game there was a fundraiser “homer sock toss”. Socks provided by Emanu-El were sold for $2 to the fans for the toss and redistributed by Anawim House to the needy following the game. The evening was a huge success and raised over $1000 for Anawim House. In the words of Terry Edison-Brown, Director, Anawim House, “It would not have been possible without the gracious donation of 260 pairs of socks from the Congregation Emanu-El. It is this type community support that is so important in helping Anawim help those that want to make change in their lives. Thank you so much.”

Socks for our Neighbours in Need

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Once again Michael Bloomfield has picked up the challenge of getting warm socks for people in need as cold and rain approach. Where once the socks were donated, the past few years he has needed to raise about $7,000 for 7,500 pairs of socks. Your help is needed to find another $2,000 at $25, $50, $100 a time to reach our goal. Businesses large and small have donated about $5000 and La-Z-Boy is covering shipping from Toronto. Continue reading Socks for our Neighbours in Need

Thank you for the socks!

CARTS Victoria 

Congregation Emanu-El received the following “thank you” (Attention: Michael Bloomfield) from CARTS Victoria.

“We at CARTS Outreach, have picked up our quota of 300 socks from Rock Bay Landing.

The quantity and wonderful quality make the socks a joy to hand out  to the guests we see each Sunday at the courtyard in The Cool Aid Complex on Pandora Street, Victoria.

Thank you so much to the magnanimous donors for the amazing 6,500 pairs of socks to share with the many organizations who care for many folks here in Victoria.

Michael, the work you have done over these many years, exemplifies your astonishing generosity of spirit bringing this whole operation together. Many thanks to you, Michael.”

With deepest gratitude and love, Charon Hill, Secretary, CARTS

Please help warm hearts & feet in Victoria

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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 or go online to Cool-Aid’s website and make an e-transfer to the email address Please indicate that the money is for  and provide donor name and complete contact information for receipting and any needed follow up.”  Thank you.