SOCKS campaign to launch on March 17

By Lindsay Advocate

New socks are being collected in support of A Place Called Home. Photo: Dawna Mahood.

Every month Canadians rely on food banks, and new socks are one of the most needed and least donated items to these facilities. Indeed, socks are more than an article of clothing to those who have so little.

Starting March 17, and running through to the 23, Dawna Mahood of SOCKS for City of Kawartha Lakes, in partnership with the United Way CKL, will be launching a new campaign in support of A Place Called Home’s emergency shelter to support the homeless in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

Dawna Mahood says, “It’s easy to donate your new socks,” says Mahood. “Make your purchase, then drop them off at the following locations: United Way – City of Kawartha Lakes, Marks, Loblaws, and Home Hardware, all located in Lindsay. All new donated socks stay in the community where they are collected, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts – and toes.”

“For those experiencing, or who are at risk of homelessness, may not have the extra money to buy a new pair of socks as they struggle to pay the high cost of rent and food,” says Jennifer Lopinski, fund development coordinator for APCH. ” Those on Ontario Works only receive $733.00 per month and when rent is $600.00 – $700.00 per month that leaves very little for food and other bare necessities, like new socks. We are very grateful to Dawna Mahood volunteer for SOCKS for the City of Kawartha Lakes, for hosting this event and thanking all the donors who ensure that our clients at A Place Called Home will have access to a new pair of socks to keep their feet warm and dry during these winter months.”

Oshawa resident Terrol Maciver founded SOCKS in 2014 and it has grown with her vision. Her mission and passion are “Putting fresh clean socks on the feet of anyone who needs them.” Dawna Mahood started her chapter of SOCKS – CKL in 2020. In 2022, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes became involved with helping Dawna with her venture. SOCKS is now known as Socks for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Since SOCKS’ inception, 487,038 new socks have been collected through volunteers across Ontario. We collect only NEW donated socks from the general public and businesses themselves. Recipients of past SOCK campaigns have been: A Place Called Home, Women’s Resources, John Howard Society, the Salvation Army, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for its outreach program.

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