Grass­roots group is look­ing for more socks

Keep­ing feet warm and dry at El­iz­a­beth Fry, Safe Beds and the CAS

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - Caro­line McCon­nell northcrest_­col­[email protected]­

Mar­garet Mac­don­ald, founder of the Peter­bor­ough chap­ter of SOCKS, a grass­roots vol­un­teer­based or­ga­ni­za­tion that dis­trib­utes new socks to those who need them, needs your help! She has had a re­quest from a lo­cal agency for 220 pairs of socks and her stocks are run­ning low.

“I am down to 36 pairs of socks and I still have other or­ga­ni­za­tions to give to as well,” says Mar­garet, who has been gath­er­ing and dis­tribut­ing socks here since 2006. “I have al­ready de­liv­ered some socks to Safe Beds, El­iz­a­beth Fry, and Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety. I need more for Good Neigh­bours and Cameron House.”

Mar­garet also wants to con­trib­ute socks once again to Dan Hen­nessey’s back­pack cam­paign, as she has in the past.

Socks are needed in all sizes for men, women and chil­dren. They must be new. Warm ones would be es­pe­cially help­ful at this time of year.

An easy way to help Mar­garet re­new her stores and get those socks de­liv­ered is through the Sock Drive tak­ing place at Gi­ant Tiger on Lans­downe Street.

“Harry, the man­ager at Gi­ant Tiger, has been so help­ful. He has agreed to hold a sock drive from Nov. 18 to Dec. 7,” Mar­garet says. “He has a re­ally good sup­ply of socks in the store.”

All you have to do is go in, se­lect your socks, pay for them and drop them into the do­na­tion box.

If you can­not make it out to Gi­ant Tiger, you can drop off sock do­na­tions at ei­ther 1009 Barnardo Ave. or Ac­tiv­ity Haven, lo­cated at 180 Barnardo Ave. Please re­mem­ber that only new socks can be ac­cepted.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the SOCKS or­ga­ni­za­tion, visit sock­swarm­ing­ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on SOCKS Peter­bor­ough, check out its Face­book page.

Cookie Walk

Ed­mi­son Heights Bap­tist Church, 160 Ma­rina Blvd., is hold­ing its an­nual Cookie Walk on Satur­day from 9:30 a.m. un­til noon. Se­lect your choice of cook­ies by the dozen as you walk by. There will be short­bread, sugar cook­ies, peanut but­ter, choco­late mac­a­roons and many more. There will also be Christ­mas cake for sale. New this year is a crafts ta­ble.

The cost is $5 a dozen. Free cof­fee and free con­tain­ers will be pro­vided.

Best of Vin­nies

Vin­nies is hold­ing its an­nual Bet­ter and Best Event on Fri­day at all three stores. It will fea­ture the very best of do­na­tions re­ceived through­out the year, in­clud­ing brand-new cloth­ing, toys, shoes, purses and more. In prepa­ra­tion, all three lo­ca­tions at — 799 Ersk­ine Ave., 539 Ge­orge St. and 144 Queen St., Lake­field, — will be closed on Thurs­day at 3 p.m.

Also, con­sider giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity this hol­i­day sea­son by hold­ing a food drive, do­nat­ing to the Mur­ray Street SSVP food pantry or spon­sor­ing a fam­ily. For de­tails on how to be in­volved in any of th­ese events, call 705-742-2585.


Warm up with a hot, hearty bowl of chili. The Ac­tiv­ity Haven an­nual Chilifest takes place on Fri­day be­gin­ning at 11:30 a.m. For just $10, you get a sam­ple of each chili en­tered, a roll, a se­lec­tion of top­pings, and tea or cof­fee. You then get to vote for the one you like best!

Tick­ets are on sale in the Ac­tiv­ity Haven of­fice, 180 Barnardo Ave. Call 705-876-1670 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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