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Lethbridge area school staff collect thousands of socks for charity

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Happy feet make for a happy Christmas season.

For the third year in a row, members of Local 290 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have collected socks for five local charities. The CUPE members, custodial and maintenance staff at Lethbridge and area schools, spearheaded the annual “Sock it to ‘em” drive which asks school staff, parents and students to all pitch in.

CUPE 290 Treasurer Gail Petrie says it’s important to make sure people are warm during the winter season.

We live in a northern climate, warm clothes are a necessity, not a luxury,” said Petrie. “Too many people in our communities don’t have the means to dress properly.”

If we have enough, it’s our responsibility to do what we can for those who don’t,” said Petrie. “That’s how you build strong communities.”

The union is building ‘sock mountain’ and will present it to representatives of local charities this Wednesday. Media are welcome to attend.

  • Date:
    Wednesday December 21, 2005
  • Time:
    10 am
  • Place:
    Park Meadow School
    50 Meadowlark Blvd. N


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