The Secret Sock Society’s history is one of generosity born of awareness. Donors and grantors have allowed one teacher’s advocacy for children to become a 501c3 public charity. From 2006-2013 the Snow Angels Program evolved. A North Country teacher and her ski friends provided jackets and ski pants for the students at her school. Nancy Annunziato gathered winter gear and donations from ski families at Cannon Mountain. Those donations allowed students at the Whitefield Elementary School to enjoy winter. Over time, supporters began anonymously sponsoring students and outfitting them with a jacket, ski pants, boots, and accessories. Those dedicated donors were affectionately labeled “Snow Angels”. In 2014 the Secret Sock Society incorporated and gained non-profit status. The success of the program is thanks to loyal donors.
Since 2015 the Snow Angels Program has outfitted 289 North Country children warm winter jackets, ski pants and snow boots. Those students are students at 3 local regional schools and reside in ten towns in Northern New Hampshire and the Littleton Head Start Program. The SSS has provided warm outfits valued at $24,793.12 to North Country students from preschool to high school over the past seven years.
• A generous 2017 grant from the Irene and Hugh Gallen Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Express Grant Program enabled the Snow Angels Program to continue to serve students.
• Since 2017 discounts and donations from Genfoot Corporation Inc. has provided 100+ pairs of boots to the Snow Angels Program strengthening the future of the program.
The Secret Sock Society established the Sock Program in 2012 to provide ski socks to public school students attending the Cannon Mountain Snowsports School’s six-week school-based program. The Sock Program has warmed hundreds of toes and hearts in the past seven years and was the inspiration for the organization’s name.
From the start, the Sock Program was widely supported by Cannon skiers and riders and it gave the Secret Sock Society an opening to tell another story. Providing warmth for students was SSS’s top priority, but the organization also strived to provide local students the chance to ski. Approximately half of local students are financially ineligible to participate in the six-week school-based (pay-to-play) ski program. In an effort to enrich the lives of local 5th graders the Secret Sock Society began fundraising and writing grants for a learn-to-ski field trip. That program has moved from a field trip format to the Snowsports Sponsorship Program.
Grant History For The Secret Sock Society's Snowsports Program. Donations Received To Provide Children Opportunities To Participate In Snowsports Progams:
Grant History For The Secret Sock Society's Snow Angel Program Donations Received To Purchase Winter Clothing For North Country Students: