Giving Tuesday- Jon Box Sox update
2020 total of socks donated was 210 pairs! Thank you everyone!
Today is Giving Tuesday and the first day of December so I thought it would be a good idea to update everyone on the socks drive!
Something that took my mind off the crippling grief after my brother died, was hearing all the heartwarming stories from people that knew him. He was everyone’s best friend and boy there were some amazing stories.
When I found out about Six Shooter Records doing a sock drive, while honouring my brother, I knew I had to help out. This year we are doing it all over again!
To donate money in Memory of Jon so Mission Services in London can buy much needed socks, here is the link for more information:
SIX SHOOTER Jon Box Sox and to donate physical socks to me, continue reading.
Here is what Six Shooter posted to Facebook last year on December 2, 2019:
A quick story: a few years ago, near the start of our time working with Jon Box and the Universal Music Canada team, we were doing a sock drive in conjunction with Hawksley Workman’s Winter Bird Tour. Before we had even announced it to fans, Jon had filled his office with socks and struck a deal with a sock company to fill it again. He ran further with it than we ever would have expected. He did that a lot.
Jon Box was a friend, a colleague and a champion of Six Shooter artists and staff, and we miss him dearly. This Christmas, we want to honour his life and celebrate his many excellent qualities as a human by doing good in his memory.
Having socks is essential (ice-ssential?!) in winter, and we want to make sure everyone gets to experience these crucial foot blankets. So as of December 1, we’re collecting warm, wool or other good quality socks in both women’s and men’s sizes so we can deliver 'em to shelters and other community organizations on December 20 (and hopefully again in the new year, so keep ‘em coming!)
I quickly put the word out on social media that I was collecting socks and the local quilting community went above and beyond and almost daily I had socks arriving at my door. Dear friends and quilting friends, local businesses and total strangers were donating socks to this amazing cause. The number of socks totaled 366 in a few weeks.
Here is what Six Shooter posted to Facebook on December 21st, 2019:
There will be 1071 pairs of fresh warm winter socks out to those in need of them this holiday – and that’s only in Toronto. Y’all have melted our hearts with the warmth and kindness in your own.
A huge Thank You to all who donated to our Jon Box Sox Drive and to those of you who helped collect and organize, including the very awesome Kristyn Box McCoy (Jon’s sister) and her husband Dan.
On Friday, December 20, Six Shooter staffers in Toronto delivered socks to Sistering West Neighbourhood House, Haven Toronto Shelter, Evangeline House and Red Door Family Shelter, where the donation were made in Jon Box’s name.
It feels good to give.
This year may a bit different with a pandemic, but if you feel comfortable donating, you are more than welcome to drop off socks any time before Christmas to support this year’s Jon Box Sox sock drive. I am not sure if we will reach last year’s total of 366 but we will try our best. My first front door is unlocked so you can drop off your socks in the box inside. Remember to let me know that you dropped off socks so you can get $5 off machine quilting.
As of today I have a total of 126 pairs of socks! Amazing!
Thank you to everyone for your support.
Because of Covid 2 charities will also be accepting monetary donations memory of Jon, here is the link to Six Shooter's website so you can choose to donate in London or Toronto to either of the deserving organizations.
SIX SHOOTER Jon Box Sox
This year the men's socks will be donated to the Men's Mission on York Street and the women's and children's socks will be donated to My Sister's Place and both organizations will distribute the socks where needed.
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