How much time do you spend thinking about the importance of socks?

Most of us, including our students, most likely don’t give them much thought: Our feet get wet, we put on a clean dry pair, and (hopefully) put the dirty ones in the hamper.

Unfortunately for some people, this is not even an option. Many homeless people spend a lot of time thinking about socks.  Clean, dry socks are very hard to come by, especially in the winter.

Did you know that clean, dry socks can also make a big difference to physical health?  Without them, sores, blisters, frostbite and other infections can pose some serious danger to the homeless.

Here is a video you may wish to show to your students of an 11-year-old who started a sock drive for a shelter in his community:

Would you like to help?  Organizing a sock drive in your classroom and/or school is a very easy and inexpensive way to make a huge difference to this very common and devastating problem.

Here are two shelters in the Montreal area that accept sock donations:

Dans La Rue


Acceuil Bonneau

If you live outside of the Montreal area, contact a local shelter for more information.

The QPAT office, located in the West Island of Montreal, is also available as a drop-off point for any collected socks.


QPAT Building

17035 Brunswick Boulevard

Kirkland, QC, H9H 5G6


Please share with us your pictures and progress if you do decide to participate in a sock drive with your students.  You can contact julie_montpetit@qpat-apeq.qc.cafor more information.