The Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie have once again teamed up to lend a helping hand to those who need it most as part of the 2023 Fall Dignity Drive.
From October 1st to November 4th, residents across the region 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.
Community Dignity Drive committee Member Heather Jones says access to clean underwear and socks is essential for one’s comfort, health, and hygiene. She says they are items that can sadly be taken for granted.
“We forget that many people have a washer and dryer at their fingertips, and the recipients of these items don’t have that. After a while, you can’t wash them, they don’t come clean,” she says.
“I know when I put on a clean pair of socks, it brings me joy. We forget that with others who receive these items.”
Jones says while they don’t have a specific goal in mind as when it comes to how many items and donations they look to bring in, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see residents across the region topple even the loftiest of goals.
“The people of Grande Prairie just give, and give and give, and then you think it’s done, but it’s not. Even after November 4th, we will get donations, people want to give all the time,”
“I am always surprised as a Rotarian in Grande Prairie just how much we can come together as a community.”
Donations can be dropped off until November 4th at Keddie’s, Costco, Centre 2000, Edwards Factory Outlet, Giant Tiger, or the Bonnetts Energy Centre Co-op. The third annual Tighty Whitey Toss will also take place at the November 4th 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.