Together, we can help “Sock It To Poverty”

Every year, the NSGEU Human Rights Committee organizes a campaign called “Sock It To Poverty”. They collect and purchase new winter items like socks, gloves, mitts, and scarves to be distributed to those in need across the province. Items collected or funds raised are distributed within the region from which the donation was made.

Until January 12th, 2024, we are asking all NSGEU members, if able, to do one or the other or both of the following:

• Attend your next Local meeting and make a motion/request that your local consider a financial donation to the campaign.
• Set up a donation site at your workplace to collect any NEW socks, mittens, and hats.

If you are setting up a donation site, you can download a poster for your donation site here. You can post the poster on bulletin boards or decorate the donation box with these posters. You can download a tally sheet for what you collect here. Once you have collected your donations, please contact your Local President or your Regional Chair.

Our Regional Councils plan to distribute the items shortly after the donation deadline of January 12th.

You can also drop items off at any NSGEU office (in Dartmouth, Yarmouth, Truro and Cape Breton). Our head office has regular office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. However, you must make arrangements with the local regional chairpersons to use the other offices as the hours are not consistent.

If you take any photos of your Sock It To Poverty Donation Site, please forward them to the NSGEU Communications Officer at

If you have any questions please contact Lynette Hayward-Byrd at (Human Rights Committee Chair.)

Thank you for your time and your energy on this important community campaign

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