Warming Souls Through Soles
Did you know there’s an estimated 300,000 people sleeping on the streets of the UK every night, including children? And with local councils warning of a tidal wave of need caused by the cost of living crisis, the number of people facing extreme poverty and homelessness is set to soar.
During times of uncertainty, it’s important for us to pull together and help people who are vulnerable in any way we can so we’ve decided to run our #SOCKTOBER campaign again this year.
#SOCKTOBER is an annual, month-long campaign designed to show people that ordinary acts of kindness can make a difference. Socks are often the most-needed but least-donated items in homeless shelters and that’s where we come in! For every order placed with us online, we’ll donate a pair of socks to Edinburgh based charity Social Bite.
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 10 years they have opened a chain of cafes across Scotland’s cities as well as one in London. The business now employs several people who have experienced homelessness and it’s through the shared experience of working together that they’ve become 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 and are supported by George Clooney, Leonardo Dicaprio, Prince Harry, Malala Yousafzai and many others. Most of us take warm drinks, hot meals and clothing for granted and can’t imagine what it must feel like facing such poverty. A small monetary or clothing donation can make a huge difference to someone less fortunate.
With winter coming it’s important for us to do what we can to keep hearts and feet warm.
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