Judy Haiven, a professor at St. Mary’s University, “cringed” last January when she heard Michael Enright’s opinion piece on the benefit of giving socks to the homeless. So she wrote an opinion piece of her own, in which she says:

“How nice of us! We give the poor our castoff and mostly boring tinned food because they don’t deserve to eat the nice food we eat (except for the special Christmas dinners at the shelters or church basements). And we give the poor socks, (Chinese-made in factories that pay workers pennies an hour) because socks are essential cushions and feetwarmers for the feet of poor people who must trudge kilometres, from the shelter breakfast to the drop-in centre to the church basement, in search of three meals each day.”