BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ— The Kiwanis Club of Bordentown’s annual sock drive may look different this year, but the organization is still making sure that Halloween fun and giving go hand-in-hand.
The organization’s Socktober event will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, from 9am to 1pm at Consolidated Fire Association in Bordentown City.
The contactless, drive-through event seeks to collect new or clean and gently used masks and socks for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Socks, and now masks, are the number one requested item by organizations that serve the homeless and at-risk population during the winter months.
Because of the ongoing pandemic organizers had to get creative this year, since the sock drive usually takes place during the Halloween Parade, which was canceled this year due to COVID.
George Veitengruber of the Kiwanis Club says that organizers sought to “keep the energy of the Parade, with safety” when coming up with a new way to hold the event.
This year, when people throw socks and masks to Kiwanis volunteers, they will have pre-packaged candy safely thrown back at them, “just as if we were doing it at the parade,” says Veitengruber, who says that the Kiwanis Club has prepared 1,000 candy goody bags for the weekend.
The Halloween Parade, which is famous throughout the region for not only its floats and live music, but for the amount of candy that is thrown to kids lining the streets, has been home to the sock drive for seven years. Veitengruber says that despite the popularity of the Parade, the Kiwanis Club was the first organization to bring a giving element to the event, and that no charity group had been involved before.
The Kiwanis Club collected 600 pairs of socks at their first Parade. With momentum, the number of donations continued to grow throughout the years. Last year, because “people expect to see us now,” 2,000 pairs of socks were collected, says Veitengruber.
To give participants a sense of “service and gathering,” Consolidated Fire has also arranged for food trucks to be on site for both days of the charity drive.
If you are unable to drop off socks and masks this weekend, contact George Veitengruber from the Kiwanis Club for other arrangements at (609) 784-5779 or George@veitengruberlaw.com.