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.)
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!