Socks are a clothing item we don’t often think about donating to those in need, but one Vancouver-based business is trying to change that.
Warm Feet on the Street is a company run by four students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The company sells sock bundles, consisting of three pairs of socks, for $10 and their goal is to provide 6,000 pairs of new socks to Vancouver’s homeless community
“We are four students … studying entrepreneurial leadership. We are looking to get into the business world, and we are just about done our program. We wanted to start a business that gives back to the community,” Saghi Ahmadi, of Warm Feet on the Street, tells Daily Hive.
Warm Feet on the Street makes it easy for individuals and companies to give back by purchasing sock bundles, which the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) then distributes through their mobile outreach program.
“(UGM) receives any socks we sell to distribute them at their volition,” Ahmadi said, adding their mobile outreach program helps those in need on the outskirts of the city and not just individuals in the Downtown Eastside.
So far, Warm Feet on the Street has been able to provide 2,500 pairs of socks to the Union Gospel Mission. In the month of December, they are hoping to sell 1,200 sock bundles (3,600 pairs of socks) to reach their 6,000 pair goal.
Ahmadi says the team’s “wheels are turning” and they are thinking of other ways to expand the business in efforts to help those in need in other ways.
But for now, keeping feet warm remains the priority.
If you’re interested in purchasing sock bundles, visit Warm Feet on the Street’s Facebook page for more information.