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A note from Aliya Khawari, Retired Executive Director:


"There are over 12,000 families living on or below the poverty line in Halton. We are currently serving about 800 or more of these families with food, clothing, basic necessities and referrals to other supports in the community. Every single family that walks through our doors has a different background and a different story to tell.... whether newcomers struggling to start a new life in their new home, a single parent leaving a bad situation, seniors on a fixed income, or families struggling and needing a hand to get back on their feet. We are here to help clients with resources and support  to get them through these difficult times.

Socks and underwear are very expensive but a basic need and hardly ever donated new.  Everyone needs socks in the winter to keep warm and dry. What about children whose families cannot afford new socks?

The Compassion Society adds the socks we collect to their "Jammies for Families" program 

Perhaps the ones they have are holey, or perhaps no socks all - leading

to the risk of getting blisters, sore feet or infections. We all know how comforting a new pair of socks can be. This is one of the least donated items and one of the simplest gifts to give."


The Compassion Society is open 2 afternoons  & 1 evening every week and only closed on recognized holidays. We serve between 60-85 families every day that we are open for food, hygiene items and clothing assistance. We are not government or United Way funded and the community donations keep our doors open. We would love you to review our website to find out more. 

Meet Chaplain Roger Boyd, founder of Men’s Street Ministry in Hamilton. Roger shared a little bit of what Men’s Street Ministry does:

"We serve the Hamilton & Brantford communities, providing food & clothing to people experiencin
g homelessness, living in shelters, group homes and subsidized housing."

Roger's note for 2023: "I can't thank your organization enough for providing us with 5,000 pairs of socks. We provide 750-1000 lunch bags per week. In each bag we add a pair of brand-new socks over winter months."

Socks are such an important item to those who are exposed the elements. They keep feet warm and dry and free from disease. The average person we serve wears their socks all day every day and they don’t have the means to launder them, making them disposable. Therefore, they often require 2 or 3 pairs of socks per weeks in the winter.

Roger Boyd delivering socks in Hamilton 

We are honoured to support The Angel Project and Lisette Kingo with Socks for Hope. 

The Angel Project serves patients in long-term complex care wards in hospitals throughout SW Ontario. Some of our patients have spent many years inside a hospital, and many of them have been abandoned by family and friends.  Hygiene items and comfort items such as socks are often brought in by family and friends which means that our patients will go without. Spending years in a hospital, being sick and confined is bad enough, but being cold and uncomfortable makes things even worse. From Lisette, "Having a pair of warm cozy socks that are your own in that

Lisette Kingo sharing love from The Angel Project

setting is very special. It may not sound like much, but if you’re in a bed, in a room with four beds, and you are the only one that does not have visitors, it is very easy for others to see that you are the “forgotten one."


Having your own socks shows that somebody cared for you, and in addition, they keep you warm! Many of the people who are released from the hospital leave with nothing. We send them with a small hygiene kit including a pair of socks. Socks are a symbol of warmth and caring and it is a reminder that they are not alone."

Wellington Square United Church has become a large support for hundreds in the Burlington community and beyond. Here is a note from Lisa Lunski, Director of Community Food Programs, telling us where our socks are distributed:

"We have about 150-200 guests that visit each week in need of meal support. In addition, we provide emergency meal deliveries for about 40 individuals weekly, twice a week to Bonnies Place, and more emergency deliveries to local motels. We are also the sole provider of food for the Family and Women’s shelter in Burlington that usually houses between 35 and 65 people; socks go to folks staying in the inpatient at Joesph Brant Hospital; socks go to the Farmworker Hub, which is a volunteer-driven initiative supporting 200 migrant agricultural workers in Niagara."

David Vandenberg (right) for Wellington Square Church with Socks for Hope, Kenra Marchand (left) 

Have you or a loved one been touched by breast cancer? Barb Daize, founder of the Camisole Project, wants you to know you are not alone.

We are honoured to support the Camisole Project with “cozy socks” as you will find they are needed to provide warmth and support in the story that follows.

The Camisole Project is a not for profit organization that helps friends facing a breast cancer diagnosis and surgery with a very special care kit to provide comfort along the way.

The "Because We Care" package includes a post-surgical camisole that will make the days following surgery so much more comfortable, a heart

The Camisole Project, Barb Daize (right) counting socks with Socks for Hope, Sara Rams (left)

shaped pillow for under your arm, a journal and pen, baby wipes, a pairof cozy socks, a pack of Kleenex and last but not least, hand cream, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.


This generous "Because We Care" package is complementary and available to any woman who is having Breast Cancer Surgery at local hospitals including but not limited to Burlington, Oakville , Milton, Hamilton, Mississauga, and  Niagara.

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