Morgan McDonough helped warmed people’s hearts by warming their feet.
The 13-year-old from Tsawwassen held his third annual Sock Rock last month at Sacred Heart Parish Centre in Ladner. Children brought a pair of socks (or a few pairs of socks) as an entrance fee, and danced the night away in their socks to tunes played by a DJ.
This year the event brought in 2,000 pairs of socks (last year was 1,000 and the year before 600). This year’s increase was due to the help of Chief Neil Dubord and the Delta Police Department who donated more than 1,000 pairs.
“We know Neil – he lives a few doors down from us - and my mom emailed him one day asking for sock donations,” said Morgan. “This year they got 1,000 pairs and that really helped.”
Morgan also raised $1,000 by selling candy bags at the dance and other donations from his pals, including family friend Ron Toigo who gave a big cash donation.
Morgan was accompanied by his dad Neal to the Lookout Housing facility at Al Mitchell Place in Vancouver recently to deliver the donations.
Morgan introduced himself to many of the homeless and personally handed over new socks to them.
“It was like giving a child a candy. They were so happy and thankful. It warmed Morgan’s heart, by warming their feet,” said his mom Ruve.
Morgan said when he started this he never dreamed it could get this big.
“Hopefully maybe one day we can see this grow even bigger in Vancouver and all over the area,” he said. “Everyone who worked there were really thankful for the donations.”