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Sox in the City 2010 – collecting socks for LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Sox in the City will return for its 10th anniversary edition starting tomorrow December2, 2010!!

Sox in the City is the annual Vancouver Coastal Health campaign that collects socks for use  in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

For the homeless – many of whom rely on their feet as their main mode of transportation – a small blister can trigger a serious infection that requires a lengthy hospital stay. In most cases, the simple solution of a pair of dry, clean socks can prevent the blisters and lesions that can become life-threatening blood and bone infections.

This year, the PHS Community Services Society will come on-board the campaign as a project partner with Vancouver Coastal Health. In the 10 years it’s been running, Sox in the City has collected more than 100,000 pairs of socks for use in the Downtown Eastside.

The society’s LifeSkills Centre, located on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, will be the recipient of the collected socks, and the donated socks will be given out to those in need as part of the centre’s foot health program.

The PHS LifeSkills Centre is a member-run community centre located in the heart of the Downtown Eastside that acts as a vibrant hub for grassroots partnerships, as well as a respite for people struggling with homelessness, poverty, addiction and trauma.

Although the needs of the centre’s clients are many, one of their most basis needs can be met with a pair or clean, dry socks.

Last year, Sox in the City generated 15,000 new pairs of socks for use on the Downtown Eastside. Donations arrived from across the Lower Mainland. Schools, companies, individuals all donated socks in quantities from one to 2,500 pairs.

Sox in the City runs through January 31.

More details about the campaign will be posted on Thursday, December 2.  For more information in the meantime, please contact Trudi Beutel, Public Affairs Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health.