Making a difference this #SOCKTOBER

Posted on 27th Sep 2019 Categories: News

Did you know that the most-needed but least-donated items for homeless shelters are socks?

#SOCKTOBER is an annual, month long campaign designed to show people that ordinary acts of kindness can make a big difference. This October, we want to help.

All through October we’re donating one pair of warm socks, for each pair you buy. So, for every pair you buy from us, we’ll donate a pair for you. We’ve teamed up with Edinburgh based charity Social Bite to help warm thousands of less fortunate feet this month.

Social Bite was set up in 2012 by Alice Thompson and Josh Littlejohn as a sandwich shop in Rose Street, Edinburgh. Their business operates as a social business which means they give away all profits to good causes. In just 7 years they have gone on to employ over 70 members of staff and open a chain of shops across Scotland’s cities. The business now employs several people who have experienced homelessness and it’s through the shared experience of working together that they’ve became aware of the complexity of issues facing people on the streets and the vulnerable situations in which they find themselves.

Social Bite distribute more than 140,000 items of healthy free food via their cafes each year. Most of us take warm drinks, hot meals and cosy clothing for granted but a small cash or clothing donation could make a huge difference to someone suffering from poverty.

Every night an estimated 300,000 people sleep on the streets of the UK. We’re reaching out to those in need starting from the feet up! With winter coming it’s extremely important for us to do what we can to keep hearts and feet warm.

Find out more by visiting Social Bite.