The Clements Centre is encouraging people to donate new socks to help disadvantaged people keep their feet warm during the upcoming cold season. (Submitted)

The Clements Centre is encouraging people to donate new socks to help disadvantaged people keep their feet warm during the upcoming cold season. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Clements Centre hosts annual sock drive

Centre hopes to collect 2021 pairs of socks for those in need

Clements Centre for Families Annual Sock Drive is now underway until the first week of December.

In celebration of Community Inclusion Month in October, Clements Centre is working to collect 2,021 new pairs of socks to distribute to people in need in the Cowichan community.

Program coordinator Sheila Coogan said being part of the community doesn’t just mean going places, doing activities, using services and participating in community groups.

“It also means looking at the community as a whole and seeing where we can contribute, in whatever way possible, to making the community better for everyone,” she said.

Agencies benefiting from the sock drive include Cowichan Independent Living, Cowichan Lodge, Cowichan Basket Society, Cowichan Women Against Violence, the House of Friendship, Margaret Moss Health Centre, Warmland Shelter and the Salvation Army.

Staff from the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society say the impact these new, warm socks have on the women and children they serve is very positive.

“Our clients and their children are so fortunate to receive such a kind gift at this time of year,” staff at the society said in a statement.

“Your donations of warm socks are a blessing.”

You can drop off your donation of new socks in all sizes at 5856 Clements St. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or at Mastercraft Flooring Ltd. at 2727 James St.

Masks are required at both drop-off locations.

Alternatively, community members are encouraged to make a financial contribution to purchase socks for the sock drive at www.clementscentre.org.

For more information or to arrange pick-up of your sock donation, contact Sheila Coogan at 250-746-4135, ext. 229, or visit clementscentre.org/sockdrive

“Socks may seem like a small thing, but often it’s the smallest things that can make the biggest difference for people,” Coogan said.

“And for us, this small thing makes us feel connected to hundreds of people in our community. We may never meet them, but we have made a difference for them, and that feels wonderful.”

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