TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Y House, a shelter for young men between the ages of 16-24, is pleased to announce the timely donation of 600 pairs of high-quality socks from McGregor Socks. With winter already in full swing and temperatures hitting -0 C and below, the donation couldn't have come at a better time.
"We are grateful for McGregor's generous support. Fresh, dry socks are a necessity during cold winter months, helping to provide warmth and combat common street ailments," said Louise Smith, General Manager at Y House. "Our focus is young homeless men because we know there is a huge need for shelter among this demographic."
Y House is only one of two shelters in the GTA that caters exclusively to young men. Statistics reveal that there are over 5,000 homeless people living in Toronto.
Y House is a hub for a variety of services for at-risk youth, including shelter, substance abuse counselling and gambling education/awareness programming. In partnership with other organizations, Y House conducts weekly outreach initiatives, including visiting local parks and high-risk neighborhoods to hand out packages of essential items — such as socks — to help educate and serve marginalized youth in downtown Toronto.
"McGregor Socks is committed to working with charities such as the YMCA of Greater Toronto and Y House that help support some of the most vulnerable members of our community," said Jordon Lipson, CEO McGregor Socks. "We are delighted to be able to donate a product that provides warmth and comfort during the winter season."
Drop-off donations of winter clothing, hats, gloves, jackets and boots are encouraged, while entertainment items such as books, board games and DVDs are also greatly appreciated. To donate, please call 416-413-1020 x 2322.
About McGregor Socks
McGregor Socks is a subsidiary of McGregor Industries Toronto, Canada. McGregor was founded in 1928 by the Lipson family and today is still led by third generation family members. The company's major source of revenue is from the development and marketing of better men's and women's socks. The company distributes a wide range of licensed, national brands and private label products through an extensive international sales network, with 10,000 points of sale in over 30 countries.
About the YMCA
Established in 1853, The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity connecting with more than 504,000 people at 274 locations. Serving the population of the GTA, Durham, Peel, York, Halton Regions and Dufferin County, the YMCA works to build strong kids, families and communities. The YMCA, in partnership with more than 250 organizations, offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness and recreation, child care and camps. www.ymcagta.org
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