Another couple of busy days on the Sock it to Christmas! sock drive. Donations keep coming in and people are being so incredibly generous: for example, Julie Broczkowski from The Magic Fridge dropped 33 pairs of socks off at my office! It took us ten minutes just to fill out all the raffle tickets! (Remember ONE donated pair of socks or $10 gets you an entry into the Dec 17th raffle while tickets last, see more on this below.)
Carol Sinclair, another Royal LePage Team Realty agent, helped me finish numbering the raffle tickets for the Dec 17th draw (remember, we can only issue 500 per raffle). The bin in our office is already almost half full and we’ve only just started, so I asked Karla Briones of Freshii/Global Pet Foods if we could get some more from her and as always, she gave an enthusiastic yes!
Eric Kalbfleisch will pick them up later today and we will get to work wrapping them this afternoon. Holland’s Cake and Shake and Catherine McKenna’s constituency office have both offered to be drop-off sites for socks but they’re not really well-equipped to deal with issuing raffle tickets, so we’ll leave a bin in each location just for drop-offs.
For the moment, then, here are our THREE locations for drop-offs of socks or cash donations:
Royal LePage Team Realty, Suite 200, 1335 Carling Avenue (near Westgate)
Freshii, 342 Richmond Road, Westboro
Global Pet Foods, 1204 Wellington Avenue, Hintonburg.
In terms of the raffle itself, with this momentum, we’ll hold a second one the following week, which means we’ll be able to issue another 500 tickets in exchange for donations of socks. We certainly have enough raffle prizes: we’ve had several more donations, including a framed photograph of the sunset in Westboro by @NancyFromCanada, who is an amazing photographer and takes gorgeous photographs of Westboro Beach every night. Freshii and Global Pet Foods have offered prizes — thank you Karla — and are just trying to decide what works best.
We have a gift certificate of six cakes from Holland’s Cake and Shake, where as some of you will recall I held my last two book launches (here’s a picture of me with Michael, the owner): you see those little cakes? Well, they were absolutely delicious and you’ll get SIX bigger ones if your ticket is drawn in our second raffle.
We also have a couple of gift certificates from Whispers for 1/2 lb fajitas, which is one of my favourite neighbourhood pubs! Their shrimp tortillas are to die for! (And thanks, Catherine Duncan, for volunteering to contact them. Jenn Goldie will pick up the gift certificate for me, thanks Jenn!).
Joseph Assaad, a realtor and broker in my office, says he’d be happy to arrange for another gift basket as well, so we are certainly not short of generous donors! (Joseph will also drop off some of the bins for us, and has offered to volunteer any way that he can, always appreciated, thanks, Joseph!)
And speaking of generous donors, we’re expecting to get that wonderful gift basket that Environics Communications donated for our December 17 raffle delivered later today. It’s from the Fresh Flower Company and it’s valued at $ 250! Thanks again, Greg and thanks, Pascal, for arranging to get it to us so quickly! I will post up pics of this and the other wonderful prizes that Jenn is collecting once we have them in hand.
In more news: two Scout troops (one is the 32nd Colony of Beavers) have indicated that they will do a sock drive December 5th for us — I’ll meet with both groups next week to have a chat about how all of this got started.
Frank Van Boxtel, a local artist, is doing a raffle in exchange for donated socks at Critter Jungle at Hampton Park Mall and he’s offered to combine his efforts with ours as well. Just waiting on some more info from Frank as to the date of his draw and value of his gift certificate for a commissioned pet portrait and I’ll get that up on the blog as well. But here’s a sample of his work: it’s amazing stuff: that’s my daughter, Jade, and her cat, which was my Christmas gift to her last year (she cried).
Meanwhile I’ve reached out to CBC to see if they can give us a little publicity – so far the support has been pretty amazing! I think in these bleak times, people were looking for something they could do to help our neighbours, and this seems to have tapped into something – we all know what it feels like to have cold or wet feet. So thank you, each one of you, for all your help!