You can help the homeless by donating unwanted socks in Aldi stores in Scotland

Monday, 25th January 2021, 10:12 am
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 10:56 am
Shoppers still have until the end of January to donate (Photo: Shutterstock)
Shoppers still have until the end of January to donate (Photo: Shutterstock)

Aldi is reminding customers that they can help support the homeless by donating unwanted and unused socks in stores across Scotland.

So far, more than 1,000 unused pairs of socks have been donated since Boxing Day, but shoppers still have until the end of the month to donate to the cause.

Sock Amnesty boxes

Aldi’s ‘Not Socks Again?!’ campaign launched on 26 December last year and is in support of three homeless charities, Simon Scotland, Aberdeen Cyrenians and Trust in Fife.

The Sock Amnesty boxes will remain in stores around Scotland until the end of January, where people can drop off any unused socks they received for Christmas.

The supermarket is also donating £250 to each charity to help fund the vital work they do in the community.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Scotland, said: “A massive thank you to all our customers and colleagues who have donated socks to this campaign so far.

“With one week to go, we wanted to remind people that they can still put any unwanted, new and unused socks to better use and they will find our Sock Amnesty boxes in store until the end of the month.”

Supporting vulnerable people

The initiative builds on Aldi’s commitment to supporting communities across Scotland.

Since 2016, the supermarket’s Scottish Sports Fund has supported more than 458 local clubs with more than £240,000 worth of donations.

Aldi is also Kiltwalk’s official ‘supermarket partner’ and in 2019 was responsible for fuelling over 20,000 Kiltwalkers across events in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Dumfries.

The supermarket has also helped more than 200 charities provide over one million meals to vulnerable people across Scotland since July 2019 through its partnership with community engagement platform, Neighbourly.

Aldi is also planning to relaunch its popular Supermarket Sweep programme later this year in support of local food banks.