SOURCE: Our Place Society

Our Place Society

March 07, 2016 11:00 ET

Sock It to Our Place

Elementary Students Plan Sock Battle for the Homeless

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) -  It may be difficult to imagine, but local charity Our Place distributes around 100 pairs of socks daily to the street-entrenched and impoverished of Victoria.

That's why Fairfield United church minister Rev. Beth Walker has teamed up with Our Place and local elementary schools on a campaign to collect thousands of pairs of socks to warm the feet of Victoria's most vulnerable this Easter.

Best of all, the engaged school students are adding an element of playful warfare that will see them lobbing sock bombs at volunteer victims, err, dignitaries on the day of collection.

Great Photo/Video Opportunity: Friday, March 11

  • Sock Toss: 1:30 p.m. at James Bay Community School (140 Oswego St; students have collected over 750 pairs of socks)

Other schools participating include: George Jay Elementary, Little Hands Daycare, Margaret Jenkins Elementary, and South Park Elementary.

"Charity, like collecting socks, is the first step on the path to social justice," says Beth Walker. "The next step is advocacy, followed by deep solidarity. That's what this year's campaign is aiming to do."

Video Clip of similar event in Kitchener:

Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

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