Calvin Gill gets a new pair of socks from the Wanderers Danae Iatrou as the Salvation Army’s Maj. Vaden Vincent looks on.
New pairs of socks that HFX Wanderers fans donated to our club’s holiday sock drop are already being handed out to people who need them.
The Salvation Army on Gottingen Street in Halifax is giving out the socks to those it supports.
With wet and slushy conditions Monday, it was good timing for the donations at the charity’s Centre of Hope, with a number of people requesting clean dry socks.
Calvin Gill, who was at the centre when the Wanderers stopped in, was pleased to be handed one of the pairs.
“Socks come in so handy because you might have to change them a couple of times a day,” he said. “It can be a matter of going out or staying in.”
The Salvation Army said the donations will bring a little comfort to some of the most vulnerable people in Halifax this winter.
“This is community helping community,” said Capt. Jamie Locke with the Salvation Army’s Maritime Division. “If we can keep people’s feet warm, that’s a step towards dignity. It goes a long way to restoring hope. Socks from a soccer club is a cool fit.”
Wanderers fans come up big in winter sock drop
Fans from around Halifax and the Maritime region contributed to the drive, bringing new socks to the Wanderers offices, in return for an official team flag.
“We should all be giving back this time of year. We’re all fortunate to have warm homes and socks, so kudos to the Wanderers for seeing this need,” said Michelle Murray, who was one of many HFX Wanderers FC fans to donate to the campaign.
200 pairs of socks raised during the campaign
Wanderers staff and the club as a whole got behind a drive for new socks after hearing from charities — how in spite of being a basic necessity for many of us — there’s a vital need for them among the homeless and poor in our community at this time of year.
“We’ve been really grateful for all the support people have shown us. We wanted to do something as a club to give back to the community we’re a part of. We know these donations will make a difference. The fact so many of our members donated to our campaign shows how much our fans care,” said Derek Martin, the Founder and President of HFX Wanderers FC.
Generous Wanderers fans rallied around the campaign in big numbers; challenging each other on social media to get involved, resulting in an overwhelming response at the team’s final day of the sock drop on Friday Dec. 14.
That’s when many stopped by the Wanderers downtown headquarters to drop off their donations.
It led to a final tally of 200 pairs of socks.
Shopping for socks for @HfxWanderersFC #sockdrop fundraiser #Togetherfromaways It’s important to give back all year but especially around the holidays when som people feel extra lonely. As a refugee from Kenya, my family received a lot of support when we first landed #giveback pic.twitter.com/0rGgTk1Cv6
— marvin okello (@kenyadigit3) December 8, 2018
Donations also used as Christmas presents
As well as going into immediate distribution, some of the socks will be held back to be used as part of Christmas gift bags the Salvation Army puts together for it’s clients.
“It’s nice to be able to make sure everybody gets something,” said the Salvation Army’s Maj. Vaden Vincent, who is Executive Director at the Gottingen Street Centre of Hope. “There is always a need for socks.”
The Wanderers want to thank our fans for showing so much spirit and in contributing to our sock drop campaign.