We have another bin up now at the Pop-up Ottawa art /gift sale at 1318 Wellington organized by Andrew King and Alison Fowler, and thanks so much, Andrew and Alison, for offering to take one!
This is a fabulous place to stop and get unique Christmas gifts like these! (I bought two of Alison’s gorgeous abstracts!)
Now, the artists manning this pop-up location aren’t able to issue raffle tickets or handle money, but they’re happy to accept sock donations until 3 PM Sunday when I drop by to pick up the bin. You can support our local artists AND our neighbours in need by heading over there this weekend – there are still lots of lovely things to be had! (There are some stunning photographs of Mongolia by Louise Radmore on display as well.)
I was asked today how many socks we’ve collected and I won’t know until I bring in all the bins from our various locations, but look at how many socks have been donated at my office alone! You can’t even see the pile on the floor in this picture which includes the socks donated by the Canadian Air Force, the 32nd colony of Beavers and the Ottawa 32nd Scout Troop – and we’re not finished!
In other news, I will be on In Town and Out on CBC Radio tomorrow talking about our sock drive – be sure to tune in for the backstory on how this grassroots initiative got started! (And many thanks to Adrian Harewood for facilitating that introduction – much appreciated!!!)
Don’t forget — our first draw for prizes is on Sunday at 4 PM for some really great prizes. If you haven’t already done so, drop by Freshii or Global Pet Foods or my office at Royal LePage Team Realty (see addresses below) where you can drop off socks in exchange for a ticket to that raffle. (Or you can buy a ticket for $ 10 — Parkdale Food Centre can buy a pair of good quality men’s socks for $3 for their Soup and Socks program! And we can take e-transfers; just email me for details.)
We’ll have a second draw on December 20th at 8 PM. Critter Jungle is also running a sock drive for its own draw on Dec 24th under our banner – they are raffling off a gift certificate for one of local artist Frank Van Boxtel’s gorgeous paintings!
Here, once again, is a list of all our locations, so take a moment to 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)
Pop-up Ottawa (1318 Wellington until Sunday at 3 PM – drop off only)
Royal LePage Team Realty 1335 Carling (drop off and raffle tickets)