Brescia’s Student-Led Sock Drive Helps Keep London Community Warm

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Members of CAFP Brescia donate over 3000 pairs of socks to the Unity Project for the 2016 Sock Drive.

April 5, 2016

London, ON – On Tuesday, April 5th, members of Brescia University College’s Canadian Association of Food Professionals (CAFP) student branch gathered at the Unity Project in downtown London to donate more than 3,000 pairs of socks to help the homeless in the London Community.

In 2014, Brescia’s student CAFP branch ran its pilot Sock Drive to support the Unity Project, a homeless shelter in London. Today, the third annual Sock Drive, spearheaded by Brescia students, continued to work with the Unity Project.

The Unity Project was formed in 2001, when a group of youth activists and homeless individuals formed a tent city in a downtown park to raise awareness of a desperate situation. The community experience led to the initiation of the Unity Project – a shelter service with a peer-supported community model.

Brescia students, CAFP members and 2016 Sock Drive coordinators, Heather MacAuley and Madelyn Morgan, were inspired and moved by the support received on campus and in the local community. This year, donations were made through the Brescia community and by McGregor Socks and local business Leslie’s Clothing.

“Our annual Sock Drive has become a well-known event on campus. Faculty, staff, and students inquire as to when it will begin,” explains MacAuley. “The CAFP members love being able to give back to our community, and each year we are impressed by their generosity. We thoroughly enjoy teaming up with the Unity Project as it is such an amazing organization.”

Numerous fundraisers and events were held on campus to help raise money for this initiative, including cake pop decorating, a spin-a-thon, a self-defence class, and a stress management seminar.

The CAFP Sock Drive began on January 1st and officially wrapped up on April 4th. For more information about CAFP, and Brescia’s student branch, contact or visit

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Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,550 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities, and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity.