Sock it to Christmas – Day #17 – still a week left!

Hey everyone, the sock drive is rocking along and thanks to all of you who have donated socks, and raffle prizes and time to make this work!

We’ve added a couple of prizes to our Dec 20 raffle — this gorgeous photograph by @NancyfromCanada (framed) and a gift certificate from Holland’s Cake for six lovely cakes!

nancy raffle pic.jpgI was off to visit a client on Saturday to deliver a Christmas gift and he handed me these! He’s a pilot with the Canadian Air Force, had discussed it at work, and said it was a donation from them — a great big bag of warm military socks – amazing!

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Our bin at work is now spilling over with socks – I hope the other drop-off locations are doing just as well!

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I haven’t even brought all my socks in: I still have a big of 50+ socks collected by the Ottawa 32nd Scout Troop!

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Once again, here is a list of our locations!

Cake and Shake 229 Armstrong (drop off only)

Catherine McKenna, MP, Constituency Office, 120 Catherine St. (drop off only)

Critter Jungle,  Hampton Park Plaza (drop off and raffle tickets – Orleans location is also accepting socks, 1605 Orleans Blvd)

Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt (drop off only)

Freshii Westboro 342 Richmond Road (drop off and raffle tickets)

Global Pet Foods 1204 Wellington (drop off and raffle tickets)

Phoenix Boxing Club 321 King Edward (drop off only)

Royal LePage Team Realty 1335 Carling  (drop off and raffle tickets)

Many of our agents have been helping me with this sock drive – many thanks to Theresa Seguin, Eric Kalbfleisch, Carol Sinclair and Jennifer Forward, in particular. Also huge congrats to Theresa Seguin, Carol Sinclair and Jennifer  Forward who are on this year’s Royal LePage Team Realty’s awards list. I’m super happy to have achieved President’s Gold for the second year in a row as well – thanks to my fabulous clients!

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Sock it to Christmas! Day #14 -updates/new locations

We’ve had a great response from Scouts in this area to our sock drive – I met with the 32nd Colony of Beavers on Tuesday evening (these are the little ones but they had collected 47 pairs of socks – see my previous post!) and then on Thursday I met the Ottawa 32nd Scout Troop. These were older kids — one of them said he’d volunteered at The Mission, which is awesome. And they had collected 51 pairs of new socks!

I asked if I could take their picture for the blog and they asked if they could each hold the socks they brought, and here they are!

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Aren’t they great? Love how they are already learning about how to give back to their communities. Wonderful stuff.

We also have a new drop-off location now at Phoenix Boxing on King Edward Street; I dropped off the bin on Thursday. This is where I box twice a week, and it turns out boxing coach Chris Weissbach started his boxing program years ago to deal with troubled youth at the shelters so he was very happy to lend a hand. He said he would do an email blast and tell all his boxers who will be getting their Coaches Corner evaluation next week that they will get extra points if they bring in a pair of socks to donate!

Yep, that’s me at Phoenix this summer! (And that’s probably why the Sock it to Christmas name came to me!)

 

 

So here is a complete list of drop-off spots – we will be drawing our first raffle on Dec 17th. Not all our locations can issue raffle tickets in exchange for $10 or a pair of socks but many can. (Note that we are also able to take cash donations by e-transfer as well; feel free to email me for details.) Let’s Sock it to Christmas!

Cake and Shake 229 Armstrong (drop off only)

Catherine McKenna, MP, Constituency Office, 120 Catherine St. (drop off only)

Critter Jungle,  Hampton Park Plaza (drop off and raffle tickets – Orleans location is also accepting socks, 1605 Orleans Blvd)

Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt (drop off only)

Freshii Westboro 342 Richmond Road (drop off and raffle tickets)

Global Pet Foods 1204 Wellington (drop off and raffle tickets)

Phoenix Boxing Club 321 King Edward (drop off only)

Royal LePage Team Realty 1335 Carling  (drop off and raffle tickets)

And here are some pics again of our great prizes!

 

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Sock it to Christmas! #Day11 New Drop-off Locations!

Another busy few days on the sock drive, as we have two new drop-off locations. We now have a bin at Dovercourt Recreation Centre (thanks, Catherine Duncan for setting that one up and thank you Joel and Samir for agreeing!) and another at Phoenix Boxing Club on King Edward. (I box at this club: Chris Weissbach, my boxing coach, says he won’t evaluate any boxers with his regular Coach’s Corner this month unless they bring socks to donate — what a great guy!)

Here’s a complete list of all EIGHT locations. Some are just drop-off locations, but at others you will get a raffle ticket in exchange for each donated pair of socks, and we have really great prizes!  (Check out my last post for a list and pictures, and again, thanks to our amazing donors!)

Cake and Shake 229 Armstrong (drop off only)

Catherine McKenna, MP, Constituency Office, 120 Catherine St. (drop off only)

Critter Jungle,  Hampton Park Plaza (drop off and raffle tickets – Orleans location is also accepting socks, 1605 Orleans Blvd)

Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt (drop off only)

Freshii Westboro 342 Richmond Road (drop off and raffle tickets)

Global Pet Foods 1204 Wellington (drop off and raffle tickets)

Phoenix Boxing Club 321 King Edward (drop off only)

Royal LePage Team Realty 1335 Carling  (drop off and raffle tickets)

On other fronts, I met with the 32nd Colony of Beavers on Tuesday night and they had collected 47 new pairs of socks! Great work, Beavers! There is another Beaver Colony doing the same thing: I’ll be meeting with them on Thursday night. Isn’t that great to see these little ones learning how to be good neighbours?

Here they are shouting “Sock Power!” and then busily folding their socks for me – they were just adorable. (I described how this got started because I have a homeless friend who has nowhere to live, who needs socks, and one said, “Maybe you could buy him a house.” Talk about getting to the root of the issue. Bless their little hearts.)dscn2859.jpg

 

 

On the publicity front, the Ottawa Police Service communications section is tweeting about us (thanks to Deputy Jill Skinner, a Twitter pal ) and there was a very nice shout-out in our Ottawa Centre MP Catherine McKenna’s #OwnOurOttawa blog –thanks, Amber! We have eleven days to our first raffle draw, so there’s lots of time for you to Sock it to Christmas!

 

 

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Sock it to Christmas! #Day8 Prizes!

Well, this drive is gathering all kinds of momentum! Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper just shouted us out in his newsletter and I’m hoping we can get a little air time on CBC TV! Meanwhile, I dropped off a bin at Critter Jungle which had been running its own raffle but has decided to do it as part of our initiative!

Frank Van Boxtel is raffling off a gift certificate for one of his gorgeous commissioned pet portraits (value $ 150) and will give you a raffle ticket for a new pair of socks. Here I am with Frank, dropping off the bin on Saturday to the Critter Jungle Hampton Park location and below that is a painting Frank did for me of Scout that would be similar to what you can win!

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DSCN2856My pal Jenn Goldie has been busy as well gathering together our raffle prizes for our multiple draws. Here are just a few and huge thanks to our generous donors!

 

Item: Chocolate basket

Donated by: a caring neighbour

Est. Value: $25

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Item: Gift Certificate

Donated by: Whispers

Est. Value: $30

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Item: Bling Tips and Earrings

Donated by: Twiss & Weber

Est. Value: $50

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Item: Clip Tips and Bracelet

Donated by: Twiss & Weber

Est. Value: $60

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Item: Gift certificate 

Donated by: Petit Bill’s Bistro

Est. Value: $40

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Item: 6 pair Smartwool Technical socks

Donated by: Fresh Air Experience:

Est Value: $20/pair

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And finally, we have our gift basket from Environics Communication (valued at $250) which will be drawn on Dec 17th at 4 PM:

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Again, please drop by one of our locations (Freshii, Global Pet Foods on Wellington, Critter Jungle, Royal LePage Team Realty on Carling) to get a raffle ticket in exchange for each donation of a pair of new socks! We have two more locations at Holland’s Cake and Shake and Catherine McKenna’s Constituency Office (120 Catherine) that are happy to accept socks but won’t be able to issue tickets. Sock it to Christmas!

 

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Sock it to Christmas #Day7DropOffLocations&Hours

We have a few more bins out and about for Sock it to Christmas! Eric Kalbfleish and I wrapped up two more at our Carling Royal LePage office on Friday afternoon (and thanks Eric, for buying the boxes at Staples -we had to scramble when our supplier didn’t get their order on time!). Here we are, having fun in the Royal LePage office, and  many thanks to Carol Sinclair and Jennifer Forward, also agents with our office, who delivered the bins we wrapped up to our drop-off locations.

 

We have have five drop-off locations where you can donate socks. Remember, our Dec 17th raffle includes multiple prizes, the most expensive of which is this gorgeous gift basket from Fresh Flower Company, donated by Environics,  valued at $250!

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Here are our current  drop off locations :

Global Pet Foods 1204 Wellington — Open today 9-6 and tomorrow 10-5

Freshii  342 Richmond Road –Open 10-6 today (not sure about Sunday)

Royal LePage Team Realty 1335 Carling –Open today 10-4 and tomorrow 10-4

 

Plus, we have another drop off location where you can buy a raffle ticket for a different draw — a commissioned pet portrait by fabulous local artist Frank Van Boxtel — in exchange for a donated pair of socks, value $ 150. That’s Critter Jungle–Open today 9-6; tomorrow 10-5

Finally, we have two drop off locations where where they aren’t able to issue raffle tickets or accept cash donations but are happy to receive your donated socks!

Holland’s Cake and Shake 229 Armstrong Open today 9-5; closed Sunday

Catherine McKenna MP, Constituency Office 107 Catherine – closed, will re-open Monday at 9 AM

So when you are out doing your Christmas shopping, pick up a pair of socks and give the gift of warmth this Christmas! Our socks will be part of Parkdale Food Centre’s Soup and Socks program throughout December (they would love to have kids’ and women’s socks) and we will also be providing socks to local shelters. Sock it to Christmas!

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Sock it to Christmas! #Day6SockDrive

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.

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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).

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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!

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Sock it to Christmas! #Day4SockDrive

Well, it’s been a very busy day of this sock  drive to get donated socks for the folks in Ottawa who most need them – homeless people and those in rooming houses and shelters or on social assistance who simply can’t afford them.

Theresa Seguin from Royal LePage Team Realty gave me a hand this morning wrapping up donation bins. Thanks, Theresa!

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We have three drop-off bins  out now, one at at Freshii in Westboro, one at Global Pet Foods at 1200 Wellington and one at my office at Royal LePage Team Realty on Carling.

This is what they look like almost finished (we added a band of wrapping paper around the bottom but of course I forgot to take a picture of the finished product!).  If they fill up before the 17th,  which is possible, we’ll empty them out, get the socks off to Parkdale Food Centre for their Soup & Socks program and refill them.

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I hope to have another two drop-off bins ready tomorrow so we can deliver the last of our tickets to Holland’s Cake and Shake and Catherine McKenna’s constituency office within the next day or two.

We have to find a couple more boxes and the time to wrap them and hand-numbering raffle tickets is time-consuming, believe me! Jenn Goldie is going to run around picking up the prizes for the raffle tomorrow and bringing them in. I think we are making very good progress for a drive we only conceived of on Sunday!

We can only issue 500 raffle tickets legally (one raffle ticket per pair of socks) so keep that in mind as I think we will run out quickly with people bringing in 8 or 10 at a time.

Greg MacEachern of Environics Communications has asked for tickets to sell, which is awesome. Environics was  kind enough to donate the $250 gift basket from Fresh Flower Company that we are raffling off – we will be getting that soon and I will post up a picture. And fellow realtor Steve Benson has asked for 50 tickets as well, so things are really cooking!

Right now I have 250 tickets of our 500 out and in distribution, so I know they are going to go fast. After that, we will happily take donations of cash or socks and Parkdale Food Centre has asked me to remind you all that women’s and children’s socks are also needed.

My office’s Fun Fund wants to do a 50-50 draw at our Christmas pot luck party to raise more money for this (it’s on Dec 20, after the raffle) and we already have prizes donated by Freshii and Global Pet Foods (thank you again, Karla Briones!) for that draw – it will be $2/ticket or 3 for $5. Holland’s Cake and Shake has thrown in a gift certificate for 6 cakes as well.

We’ve been approached by a company that wants to conduct a sock drive and turn the proceeds over to us, as well as a Scout troop – more details on that later — amazing! And Catherine McKenna’s office will be doing a blog post soon on holiday initiatives in this area and  Sock it to Christmas will be on it! (Thanks, Amber!). I am still trying to get Justin Trudeau to donate a pair of socks by bugging him on Twitter; no news yet, but I’ll keep trying!

I’m amazed how quickly a drive like this has come together – people are incredibly generous! Thank you all — I’ll keep you posted!

 

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