In preparation for the 2013 holiday season, staff in Student Affairs joined together and stuffed socks in support of the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stuff-a-Sock Campaign.
Since 2009, United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador has teamed up with charities, workplaces and individuals to coordinate this annual campaign. Targeted towards isolated adults province-wide, the campaign provides basic necessities as well as a measure of comfort during the holiday season. The individuals receiving the socks include street-reach clients, seniors and other adults living in isolation throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
“In 2013, United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador received requests for nearly 1300 socks and thanks to the generosity of workplaces and individual donors, we received more than half of these in filled sock form,” said Tammy Davis, United Way NL executive director. “We also received monetary donations from many organizations and were able to purchase the supplies needed for the remaining socks. We’re happy to say all orders were filled! Overall, we had a very successful campaign.”
“Student Affairs was happy to be part of the Stuff-a-Sock Campaign. We had lots of fun filling socks with all sorts of items from chocolate and candy canes to warm socks and hygiene items,” said Karen Kennedy, co-chair of Memorial’s United Way Campaign. “It feels great knowing that we made a difference in the lives of others this holiday season. I encourage anyone interested in helping others during the holidays to consider participating in this program in the future.”
The filled sock donations were distributed to nearly 30 different organizations in Stephenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Marystown and all around the St. John’s metro area including Bell Island.
Photo: Student Affairs staff members display a number of the stuffed socks they donated.