Socks being collected

A campaign to collect unneeded socks kicks off Monday by public health inspectors in Sylvan Lake and across the province.

A campaign to collect unneeded socks kicks off Monday by public health inspectors in Sylvan Lake and across the province.

Pamela Stewart, an inspector based in town, said the third annual sock challenge is being organized by the Alberta branch of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, a non-profit society and the only professional organization for public health inspectors across the country. The provincial branch represents dedicated environmental public health practitioners (public health inspectors) working in rural and urban communities to protect the health of all Albertans.

“Last year we were able to raise almost 17,000 pairs of socks for underprivileged and disadvantaged populations across the province,” Stewart said in a letter announcing the campaign.

The campaign runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 21. A drop box has been set up at her office at Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre for people who would like to donate socks.

She’s also sent a notice to community organizations and agencies asking for their support in collecting socks. Stewart may be reached at 403-887-6788.

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