Classic Bowl continues its Support

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We’ve just received another FIVE boxes of socks from Classic Bowl in Mississauga. Ed Sousa, General Manager, continues to support the community with his partnership activities with community organizations. Through his initiative of socks with shoes and collecting them from patrons, he’s donated thousands of socks to WarmToes which see us distribute them to outreach organizations all over Toronto, Mississauga, and throughout Manitoba.

Distribution is a key component to getting these socks onto the feet of people in need so we rely upon the generosity of to ship these boxes to us. From there, we sort, wash, package and distribute them to organizations we know. These organizations then distribute them to their clients on an as needed basis one-on-one. The distribution chain to get socks from Classic Bowl onto deserving feet isn’t always smooth, but we’re working on it!

Delivered to our doorstep yesterday were over 1500 pairs of socks. It is time for WarmToes to do its thing and to get these onto the toes of people. Now it’s your time to support incredible people like David Boning and Ed Sousa who know the value of community support.

Big Donation spreads Smiles across the Country

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A large donation of 1300 socks from Classic Bowl will spread smiles across the country. Already a massive supplier to our Toronto operations, Classic Bowl teamed up with CanadaPrintKing to send two packages West. A box of 500 pairs of socks went to Rowan House Emergency Shelter in High River and 800 pairs came to us in Winnipeg. We’ve sorted them out, and will be heading out in early February to drop off socks at Siloam Mission, Agape Table, and St. Matthew’s.


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Barkman’s Big Sock Day Out

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Scott, Alyssa, and Jay of Bigbark Graphics  have taken on the challenge of being our third sock distribution team. With a large starter donation of 900 socks from Classic Bowl, these dad, daughter and son team washed, cleaned and sorted  a massive number of socks.

They divided up the socks into boxes and found some great organizations to donate to in Barrie, Ontario. Close to their home, they are doing their best to support their community.

This family team went out just before Christmas and distributed all of these socks to agencies who went on to make some one’s Christmas just a little bit warmer. Great to see another family taking on the WarmToes mantle!

Classic Bowl and our expansion to the East

Classic Bowl is Canada’s largest bowling alley with 60 lanes they may be the largest in North America. Headed up by Ed Sousa they believe in supporting community in a big way. From Ronald McDonald house, to their KnowckDown Cancer campaign, to Bo 4 Mo, they back up their commitment to community in big ways.

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Ed Sousa, General Manager of Classic Bowl on the right.

Ed found WarmToes via our good friends at Academy Lanes and asked us if we wanted to partner up for a sock promotion this winter. Every shoe rental gets a free pair of Classic Bowl socks which they point out to customers, can be donated to WarmToes if the customer wishes to do so, via handy collection bins at their counter.

It’s been so successful it’s forced us to call in help from our new Toronto division, Peter Tatham, who has been picking up and distributing socks to many charities in the area.

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Pete Tatham at Classic Bowl showing us his mad bowling skills.

Pete has identified several agencies near him and with the help of another Ed with a warm heart, Eddie Balitski, he has dropped off boxes of socks at Red Door, Good Shepard Ministries, and more.

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Here’s a message from Cindy Shlanger,  fundraiser, donor relations, at Good Sheperd Ministries.

Thanks to Warm Toes for the socks for Good Shepherd Ministries’ homeless and disadvantaged clients.

Clean socks are a small thing that most of us take for granted. But for homeless men, they’re a little thing that means a lot. Clean socks help to keep feet healthy, and make it easier for men to walk to appointments, to find food, to survive. Clean socks mean dignity, self-respect and good health. Thank you for giving the best possible gift to those in need.

Thank you for joining Good Shepherd Ministries as we work to serve those who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Your continued support is much appreciated.

And we’ve also recruited an old friend, Scott Barkman of Big Bark Graphics and his daughter to help in Barrie. They’ll be hitting the streets and agencies soon with bundles of socks for people. He’ll be sending us stories of his efforts soon!

So far, Classic Bowl has donated over four thousand pairs of socks, and to help with shipping the socks to Winnipeg, the great people at Canada’s Print King have offered to pick up the shipping costs as well as providing graphics for the bins at Classic Bowl.

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It’s with the support of wonderful people that WarmToes is able to get warm clothing to those who need it most. Thank you to our new partners and a huge thank you to Classic Bowl for providing the perfect game!

Time for Harvest

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It’s Harvest time! Corn and wheat and pumpkins!

It’s also a busy time at Winnipeg Harvest. We went there today and wow, was it busy! Everyone was sorting food. I think I sorted 14 boxes. Either way, Winnipeg Harvest is always ready to harvest donations. Remember, it’s harvest time.

Escape Poverty Challenge

So, I’m a part of the Escape Poverty Challenge, created by a woman named Alisha. Every day for a week high school students do something different, like fast, don’t wear socks, or use alternate methods of transportation. Every day the high school students watch a video about the issue of the day. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the No-Socks  day video. I really hope this inspires the students to think about what’s really going on in the world, and what they can do to help.

The Thanksgiving Challenge

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turkey socksAs Thanksgiving approaches we want to wish you all the warmth of the season and the comfort of your families. And to possible think of those who do not. Like previous years our small family is planning to box groceries at Winnipeg Harvest – a chance to directly help others.

And as you come together this weekend we challenge you to ask your network of family and friends to bring socks for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll come get them and make sure they find deserving toes to warm up this winter. A small gift of love and thanks for those heading into winter who may not have the comforts of home or the warmth of family.

ThanksSockGiving. That’s probably the worst marketing slogan ever. What we do have is the text for the email of facebook chat to help you ask for help from your guest.


We are overjoyed that you can make it for Thanksgiving and are looking forward to your company.

This year, we are doing something a little different to help people, we are asking our guests to bring some new socks that we will be donating to WarmToes. WarmToes has provided over 10,000 pairs of socks in the last five years to people in need at shelters, drop in centres, and on the street. Thanksgiving is about appreciating family and the comforts we have – a perfect time for us  to support those who have neither. Socks may not seem like much, but they are a gift that says we care.

Thank you,



Comedic Memorabilia for Sock Donation

Thanks to quick thinking and a generous heart by one of our greatest supporters we have a very special piece of comedic memorabilia up for a sock auction. Tom Green is in town and signed one of his special brews for a long time supporter of WarmToes. So head on over to our facebook page for additional details and place a sock bid, how many pairs of socks you will donate, to win yourself some comedy gold!

A striking difference!

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Classic Bowl from Mississauga is Canada’s largest bowling facility, 60 lanes, and is helping WarmToes! All winter long they are giving a free pair of socks with a shoe rental and are asking their clients to donate them to the #boxofsocks. Ed Sousa,

Ed Sousa, the general manager of Classic Bowl, approached us through a mutual friend, Academy Lanes in Winnipeg. Classic Bowl believes in giving back to the community and has forged many partnerships with charitable causes. 

socks and bowling clothing drive.We are lucky to have Ed in our corner and in our lane. Thank you very much, Classic Bowl, and we look forward to seeing a big box of socks soon for our Toronto people to hand out. They anticipate lots of socks this year for us, so a road trip may be in order to go pick them up, if so, we’ll keep you posted on twitter @wamtoesYWG.


“Not Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirty” Award for Aurora

Winnipeg Awards Night

On July 5th, Aurora was the recipient of the “Not Afraid to Get Your Hands Dirty” award. She was nominated by Caryn Douglas of St. Matthew’s Ministry who recognized her participation in the community and ongoing work with as having a positive and motivational impact in the community. The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba held it’s 10th annual Gala Awards night to honour women of Manitoba, Aurora and five other ladies, with speeches and presentations of the award. Aurora gets to bring home for a year a wonderful quilt with names of all of the previous recipients and hers was added to the quilt for 2016.

Our family was in attendance and so were both of Aurora’s grandmother’s who have both been strong supporters of Aurora and WarmToes.

Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba 2016 Gala Event
Caryn, Aurora, and Julian sharing a moment.
Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba 2016 Gala Event
Award Recipients plus MP Dr. Robbie Falcon-Oulette