A group from the Clements Centre Society encourage people to donate new socks to help disadvantaged people keep their feet warm during the upcoming cold season. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan’s Clements Centre holds annual sock drive

Centre hopes 2017 pairs of socks will be donated

The Clements Centre Society in Duncan has launched its ninth annual Sock Drive.

The drive, which ends on Dec. 8, has already seen 90 pairs of new socks donated from the community, and spokeswoman Debbie Oliwa said she’s hopeful that the organization can reach this year’s goal of 2017 pairs of socks donated by the deadline day.

She said it’s important for people’s health and comfort to have warm and dry feet, especially at this time of year.

“Many people in the community don’t have a laundry or any way to keep socks clean and dry,” she said.

“The sock drive is one way of giving back to the community. We’ve exceeded our goal every year since we began the drive. We need new socks of all sizes and for all genders.”

Socks from the drive have gone to many agencies in the Cowichan Valley in the past, including Cowichan Lodge, Margaret Moss Health Centre, the Salvation Army, Warmland House Shelter, and the North Cowichan Fire Department.

Oliwa said new socks can be dropped off at the Clements Centre Society’s headquarters at 5856 Clements St.

She said people with large donations can have them picked up by calling the society at 250-746-4135.

Cash donations that can be used to buy socks are also accepted.


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