Main Street Project is so thrilled to announce its third annual Socktober campaign.
In anticipation of the coming winter months, we are asking for help in collecting 20,000 pairs of new or gently used donated socks during the month of October so that we can keep lots of pairs of feet dry, warm and healthy.
We have many different kinds of sock needs here at Main Street Project. From folks coming into Protective Care with nothing on their feet at all to our shelter community members needing a new pair of dry socks to people living in transitional housing needing new socks, we cover a wide range of needs of those we serve. People experiencing homelessness are at risk of developing serious feet health issues including infections, ulcers, ingrown toenails, and nerve damage due to diabetes. Being exposed to the elements can cause frostbite. In severe cases, foot health issues can lead to serious illness and amputation.
Many of the folks we see at MSP spend a lot of time on their feet, often walking several hours a day in ill-fitting shoes and they often don’t have access to a shower to clean their feet with the opportunity to change into clean dry socks. We want to do everything we can to help keep these folks healthy over the coming winter months by being able to provide clean dry socks.
How you can help
You can help us keep many pairs of feet warm, dry and healthy this winter by donating new or gently used socks. Try any of the following:
- Do a sock drive at your workplace
- Do a sock drive at your school
- Be a local sock drop off point for the city of Winnipeg
- Download a downloadable Socktober poster (PDF) to put up at your school or workplace
- Make a financial donation to MSP so we may buy socks
- Purchase socks from Main Street Project’s Amazon wish list. Donations are mailed directly to MSP!
- If you prefer to purchase socks locally, Wilderness Supply is a good local option.
- Walmart and Giant Tiger usually have good deals on packages of socks in larger quantities, such as 10 or 20 pairs
How to participate
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for Socktober as a participating school, business or a local sock drop off point
Sock Donation Drop-off at MSP
Due to COVID-19 and the Code Orange Restrictions in Manitoba, we are working out a plan to safely accept donations at Main Street Project. We will update this page with more info once available.
Here is a list of local sock drop off points around the city of Winnipeg where you can drop off socks:
Sookram’s Brewing Co. – 479-B Warsaw Ave
Parlour Coffee – 468 Main Street
Anixter Canada Inc. – 1349 Border Street
Access Storage all Winnipeg locations: 515 Munroe Avenue, 275 Gordon Avenue, 11 Paramount Road, 21 Lowson Crescent, 750 Marion Street, 198 Archibald Street, 545 Hervo Street, 3101 Pembina Highway, 345 Higgins Avenue
Fort Rouge Auto Body – 680 Pembina Highway
Giant Tiger – 1441 Main Street
Boomerang 360 – 166 Hargrave Street
OC Hair Designs – D-1086 St. Mary’s Road
Via Natural Medicine – Unit A, 554 Des Meurons Street
True North Square – 242 Hargrave Street
Riot Cycle Club – 734 Osborne Street
Mad about Style – 538 Academy Road
Petals Winnipeg – 640 Leila Ave
Shop Take Care – 109 Osborne Street, 217 McDermot Avenue
Peace Lutheran Church – 350 Gilmore Avenue
58 Faraway Lane
205 Southglen Blvd
94 Bayview Drive
372 Truro Street
6 Scholberg Lane
964 North Drive
470 Hetherington Avenue
382 Cathedral Avenue
543 Doucet Street