This holiday at Broadway Wellness, we are collecting donations of new, clean, warm socks to be distributed by Covenant House in Vancouver.
Every winter our cold wet Vancouver weather poses a serious health concern for people living on the streets. Open and infected sores never get a chance to heal when shoes and socks are just constantly wet – commonly called “street feet”. In colder conditions, frostbite is an added concern.
Covenant House will distribute your donations on our behalf to the city’s youth who are in need. Having fled abusive homes or aged out of foster care, living on the streets is the only interim solution for some. During these winter months, our donations are more helpful than ever. Covenant House helps to support and shelter these youth and provide first aid and wound care. Donations make all the difference when they can be sent on their way with a warm, dry pair of shoes and socks- this is where we can help!
I think we can all agree relentlessly cold, damp, infected feet need a fresh pair of socks, and a dry pair of shoes. Gently used shoes are often considered for donation when doing that house cleaning closet sweep, but the donation of fresh socks – as they need to be new – is very much an urgent need.
Please bring what you can with you to your next appointment, or feel free to stop in and say ‘hello’ when you are in the neighbourhood. The donation bin will be in the waiting room by reception and clearly labelled for you.
Thank you, and Happy Holidays from the Broadway Wellness team!