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The story began at Burlington Taxi, in the midst of a cold winter in 2014.  Dispatcher, Sissy Matthews, encouraged staff to support "Your Little Bit of Help," her daughter's campaign that gifted people experiencing homelessness, on Christmas morning. 


Angie Richardson and her angels put together supportive gift bags for people in shelters in Hamilton and Burlington. Burlington Taxi decided SOCKS would be a good fit for collecting in their taxis. They wanted to make it fun and easy for customers to donate. The idea of keeping people's feet warm and dry resonated with staff, drivers and community. And the critical element: socks were one of the most valued articles of clothing but least donated items at shelters. 

In 2018, Burlington Taxi was honored to continue Your Little Bit of Help's tradition to support communities at Christmastime. BT's new campaign was called Socks for Hopewhich continued to donate socks to people experiencing homelessness and hardship in the Hamilton and Halton areas. The community of givers grew, from drivers collecting in their taxis, to account customers, to businesses and organizations, running their own sock collections.  Burlington Taxi ran this campaign until it closed in 2021.

In honour of Burlington Taxi, Kendra Marchand and Sara Rams have continued to grow Socks for Hope. With the help of over 100 contributors and a new corporate sponsor - Beverly Caulking - a growing number of friends continue to further the socks cause. Learn about Beverly Caulking on the Sponsorship page and also review our Community Page that shares a generous list of friends collecting socks. From businesses, to fire and police stations to schools and churches, we are blessed by community.

Sending our gratitude to Burlington Taxi, for developing this program with your drivers, customers, community and family. We would not be here without you.

While Burlington Taxi has closed, we will always pay homage to our roots. 💛 We will cherish the memories and continue to foster the relationships we have in the Burlington Taxi community and beyond. You will notice our brand colours will remain yellow and black, and always be filled with Burlington Taxi pride.

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