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New, warm donations needed for Super SOCK Sunday

The Kinette Club of Timmins recently took over a local initiative and is stepping out for its first standalone event this weekend
2022-04-26 Socks Timmins Kinettes MH
Super Sock Sunday is coming up on May 1. The Kinette Club of Timmins will be at the Porcupine Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting donations of new, warm socks like the ones displayed by Lucie Boissonneault and Erin Thomson.

A local group is stepping out for the public launch of its new initiative. 

Super SOCK Sunday is May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Porcupine Mall. 

The Kinette Club of Timmins will be collecting donations of new, warm socks for local agencies to distribute to people who need them. The group has also partnered with the Porcupine Mall Giant Tiger, where people can add $2 at the checkout to buy a bundle of socks to donate.

While SOCKS Timmins has been around for years, this is the first standalone event since the Kinette Club of Timmins took the helm. 

Over a year ago, local Kinette president Erin Thomson said the group talked to local leaders working on a community action plan and asked what the greatest need is.

“What they identified was home security, clothing security, food security — all of those things that really are surrounded with being insecure about having a safe, dry, clean place to live your life. Obviously, we can’t change the main things, however, there is definitely a space and a place where we can meet some of those needs,” she said. 

When SOCKS Timmins organizer Carol Halt shared on Facebook that she was stepping back and looking for someone to take over, Thomson answered the call.

The initiative, she explained, falls into the Kinette's local five-year strategic plan, especially being innovative, making investments and having an impact in the community. 

The Kinettes held a soft launch for their involvement with SOCKS back in February for the Coldest Night of the Year. 

Through sharing their journey on social media, they've even inspired another group. 

They've put the Sudbury Kinette Club in touch with the provincial SOCKS organizer, and the Sudbury group has adopted their local chapter, which was defunct. 

Local agencies wanting to partner with the Kinette Club of Timmins to help distribute the sock donation can reach out to the group by emailing sockstimmins@gmail.com or reach out on Facebook.