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Thornhill girls civic heroes for sock drive
Feb. 18, 2016
Simone Joseph  

Two Thornhill girls are being recognized for their socks.

Or, rather their drive to collect mis-matched socks for shelters in the GTA.

The Thornhill Woods Public School students were given a Ward 4 Civic Hero Award from the City of Vaughan recently.

The girls started the Odd-Sox Project with the hopes of collecting 5,000 pairs of mismatched socks for homeless and women’s shelters, after discovering socks are one of the most needed items.

Using precious after-school hours and weekends, they sorted and paired mismatched socks and delivered them to shelters in the GTA.

The girls have collected more than 12,000 pairs of socks and word of the project has spread and more businesses jumped on board to donate new socks.

The duo are now holding sock drives at local stores and malls. They’ve recruited student volunteers to help.

“I am impressed by their passion, dedication and motivation to give back to their community,” said Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

“Their efforts have inspired a community, generated awareness and most importantly — touched the lives of many.”

The Civic Hero Award is presented annually to residents from each of Vaughan’s five wards.

Go to to find out more about the Odd Sox project.