It’s that time of year again, and despite the fact that I’m still in a walking cast, thanks to a fractured ankle and torn ligaments (I fell off the front step during a showing), I’ve decided to do the Christmas sock drive again! Last night I limped over to Superstore and picked up some rolls of Christmas wrap and we got to work today wrapping up drop off bins and getting things ready!
As always, the folks at my Royal LePage Team Realty office are awesome.
Stephanie Briscoe did up this poster for me: it features the sock monkey that Marina Doran, one of our volunteers, gave me during last year’s drive. Isn’t it great? Vicky Assad, owner of our printing company, Color By Design, printed them off within seconds, it seemed, and again, donated them, so that was amazing.
Realtor pal Eric Kalbfleisch picked up boxes and packing tape as his contribution. Angie Zarysky, also of my office, helped me number raffle tickets today and then she and Rebecca Wilson, another realtor, helped me gift wrap up the bins (as did my friend Catherine Duncan who popped around to lend a hand).
And then we started delivering them to our various locations.
Most of our bin locations are drop-offs only, but we’ll be doing an office draw on December 20th at our Royal LePage Team Realty office at 200, 1335 Carling Avenue that will include our Barrhaven office as well; if you drop off socks at either location, just check in with one of our receptionists and they’ll make sure you get entered in the various draws. And cash donations are always welcome!
Where To Take Your Donations!
We have bins at the Royal LePage Team Realty office at # 200, 1335 Carling one on the main level and one on the second level. We’re open evenings until 8 PM.
We have a shared bin at Freshii Westboro (which is accepting Food Bank donations as well).
We have a drop off bin at Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre at 345 Richmond Road.
MP/ Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s constituency office at 107 Catherine Street has also once again agreed to take a bin, which is great, because they really collected a lot of socks last year for us! (They’re also trying to see if they can get us a pair of Justin Trudeau’s socks — which would really be awesome!)
And we will have a bin at our Royal LePage Team Realty office in Barrhaven, located at 3101 Strandherd Drive by this Thursday.
Remember – all socks must be new; we can’t donate used socks unfortunately. And women’s and children’s socks are just as welcome as men’s socks.
The men’s socks will go the Ottawa Mission and Shepherds of Good Hope and the women’s and children’s socks will go to the Parkdale Food Centre’s Soup and Socks Program. And believe me, everyone who gets a pair will be very grateful and you’ll feel great about doing it, because we all know what it’s like to have cold feet, right?