With the warmer days behind us, the Lloydminster Lions are collecting pairs of socks for those in need.
The drive that’s now in its third season has collection bins stationed at the Legacy Centre, as well as both Northern Factory Workwear locations and Exhaust Masters.
Darryl Oster President of the local Lions’ chapter said the need was recognized at one of their meetings and everyone decided to start a collection drive.
“Last year we collected 880 pairs of socks, so this year we are looking to beat that. We are collecting socks for the Men’s Shelter, but also for the Women’s Shelter as well. Whether it’s men’s, women’s or kids, we will take the socks and distribute them to whoever is in need in the community.”
In Canada and particularly on the prairies, frostbite can occur within minutes warns Environment Canada. They also add to dress in layers. Since the body’s extremities like ears, fingers and toes lose heat the fastest, it’s important to have protective clothing when exposed to wind chilling conditions. They add that children and seniors with circulation issues are more prone to the effects of frostbite.
Oster emphasizes the need to protect the delicate toes.
“There’s drives sometimes to get coats and stuff like that. But you just forget that hey, the toes are one of the first things that get cold. If you don’t have proper shoes or proper socks in the winter time, it’s a tough long winter.”
The Lloydminster Lions will be running the sock collection drive until December 20th.