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.
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.
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.
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.
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!