For 22 years the goal of a Caledon high school was simple: warm feet for the homeless. As of December 4, it was mission accomplished and then some.

For the students and staff at Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School, the project has become an annual tradition. For weeks leading up to winter they collect socks to donate to the homeless.

Traditionally the school donates about 2,000 pair. This year, however, organizers decided to think big. The result: 8,760 pairs of socks were delivered to Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto. The Good Shepherd is a charity that provides food, shelter, clothing and other services to those who are homeless and vulnerable and relies on donations such as those received from Robert F. Hall.

“Socks are things that we take for granted. We just open our drawers and there’s a pair of socks,” Anna Mancini, department head of religion told the CBC. “For someone who is in need or without a home it’s something they desperately need for winter.”

The school, part of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, has a strong track record of charitable work, but the sock program is a tradition that has been handed down by students through the years. It has become part of a religious study class that aims to show students they can make a difference in their community by helping others.

A spokesperson for the Good Shepherd said the donation is a practical gift that will be welcomed by the recipients by simply keeping feet warm and dry.

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