Sox in the City 2008

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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Prevention of infection, discomfort, abscesses and lesions on one’s feet is often as simple as having a good clean pair of socks.

Today marks the kick off of Vancouver’s annual Sox in the City campaign where people are asked to donate new and clean socks for distribution in the Downtown Eastside and other neighbourhoods. [Vancouver Courier]

I’m pretty sure socks of all shapes, sizes and styles are welcome although nothing beats a nice dry wool pair when your shoes (if you have them) are soaked right through.

SoxBox donation bins can be found at the following locations (click location name for a Google map).

Health Contact Centre, Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, Three Bridges Community Health Centre, Evergreen Community Health Centre, Ravensong Community Health Centre, Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver General Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital.

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  1. DonMonday, December 1st, 2008 — 8:11pm PST

    Hey that is a pretty cool campaign. I am going to take in a pair of socks on my way to work tomorrow. Thanks for the tip (and Happy High Holy Days to you)

  2. NicoleTuesday, December 2nd, 2008 — 1:44am PST

    Actually I think cotton socks are not a good idea if you’re dealing with a wet shoe situation. Synthetics wick moisture away from your body whereas natural(ie. cotton) fabric will just keep you wet and cold.

    Not that they can afford to be picky, but there ya go.

  3. NicoleTuesday, December 2nd, 2008 — 1:54am PST

    Ok I googled it so I would be sure and found this:

    “Wool = very good at absorbing the moisture the body gives off even when its cold and not sweating, up to 35% of its weight without feeling wet. This has the effect of increases its r-value while absorbing moisture, and reducing its r-value while loosing moisture, and can be an effective thermal flywheel between periods of cold exposure and heat exposure, from the wools perspective. Wool also doesn’t need to be washed as often as synthetic layers. Wool is alot like human hair, and human grease is alot like sheep grease, so wool is a more natural environment for the good bugs and secretions that live on your skin to keep the bad bugs and stuff in check.

    Synthetics = very good for extra layers to add or remove without worrying about them getting soaked or frozen.”

    So, in short, if you are equally able to donate wool or synthetic socks, then please do so rather than cotton.

  4. Miss604Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 — 8:49am PST

    @ Nicole – Great research 🙂 I’ve updated the post, thanks!

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