The Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie have teamed up to lend a helping hand to those who need it most. From October 1st to 31st, residents are being urged to drop off new or unused underwear and socks, with the items going to the street-engaged population, as well as others who may benefit as part of the Fall Dignity Drive.
Community Dignity Drive committee Member Heather Jones says with the use of social programming and services continuing to rise across the region, access to things like clean underwear and socks is essential for comfort, health, and hygiene. She adds they’re hoping the community can come together to help.
“The number of clientele these agencies are getting are just doubling every month it seems and believe it or not, underwear and socks are the least donated items and that’s where the dignity drive started in 2014 when they found that need,” she adds.
She says in the last eight years, the campaign has grown in leaps and bounds. She says that comes down to the unwavering generosity and giving spirit shown by so many across Grande Prairie.
“It started with one drop-off centre and only the Rotary Clubs collecting and then it became a community event where during every campaign we get more businesses and locations involved,”
Donations can be dropped off until October 31st at Keddie’s, Costco, Centre 2000, Edwards Factory Outlet, or Co-op. The second annual Tighty Whitey Toss will also take place at the October 28th Grande Prairie Storm game. Fans that night are being urged to bring donations of new packages of underwear or socks, and throw them on the ice after the storm scores their first goal.