By Genelle Levy, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterCambridge Times
Thu., Nov. 11, 2021timer2 min. read
Giving back to her community was a part of Stacey Del Fabbro’s childhood growing up. She could always recall riding her bike to raise money for The Kidney Foundation of Canada or walking to raise money for a cure for muscular dystrophy. So when it comes to supporting the homeless population in Cambridge, Del Fabbro takes it all in stride.
“I’ve always been raised with a sense of gratitude,” says Del Fabbro. “So I’ve passed that on to my children; we just believe in giving to others.”
Del Fabbro is the one-woman operation behind Sock It To Me, a donation drive that donates warm socks to Cambridge Shelter. So far, the Cambridge resident has secured 146 pairs of socks and 28 hand-knitted hats. Del Fabbro emphasizes that a simple item like socks can be a crucial element of maintaining good health while living on the streets.
“Socks are the number 1 requested item for people living on the streets, because they get cold and damp so fast,” says Del Fabbro. “When your feet get dry and cracked because they are moist all the time, then you’re open to infection, and if you have diabetes, that just makes the infection worse.”
Cambridge Shelter executive director Anne Tinker says that the shelter is always in need of warm socks, particularly as the weather gets colder. “We all know what it feels like to be outside and have cold feet, and we sincerely appreciate Stacey’s commitment to our shelter residents.”
Del Fabbro believes that a key part of the conversation when it comes to homelessness is affordable housing.
“I think it’s nice that developers are putting up all of these big houses, but only the wealthier people coming in from Toronto can afford them,” says Del Fabbro. “What we really need is affordable housing for the homeless and people who are just scraping by. You look at some of the houses now and think, why do you need a 700-square-foot bedroom. What are you even doing in that space?”
Instead, Del Fabbro encourages everyone to have a strong sense of generosity in order to foster strong communities.
“The only way the world is going to heal itself is if we go back to being friends, neighbours and caring people.”
If you are a Cambridge resident interested in donating to the Sock It To Me Drive or having a donation box in your office or store, please email Stacey Del Fabbro at email@example.com.
STORY BEHIND THE STORY: As homelessness continues to be a problem within the Cambridge community, reporter Genelle Levy decided to explore grassroots efforts that are currently supporting the homeless community.