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!
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!