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Peterborough Petes Collect over 500 Pairs of Socks for Local Organizations

January 18, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Peterborough Petes News Release

(Peterborough, ON) - The Peterborough Petes "SOCK-it to Covid-19" campaign successfully raised 539 pairs of socks, 36 pairs of gloves, 21 toques, and $420 in financial donations. Donations will be allocated between the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, Kawartha Foodshare, YWCA, Heads Up for Inclusion and SOCKS Peterborough .

Led by General Manager Mike Oke, Head Coach Rob Wilson, Associate Coach Andrew Verner, Assistant Coaches Derrick Walser and Patrick O'Connor, Video Coach Noah Bucholtz and Strength Coaches, Josh Gillam and Broedie Bikhof, this 20 day initiative that began on Saturday, December 5 and closed on Thursday, December 24, saw incredible support and engagement from the Peterborough community.

During the 20 day campaign, fans made donations at a variety of partner locations, including the Petes Store at the Memorial Centre, Petes Pop-Up Store at Lansdowne Place Mall, Hybrid Fitness, and at the Head Up for Inclusion office located in the Peterborough Chamber Building.

"Peterborough's generous community spirit was exhibited throughout the 'SOCK-it to COVID-19' campaign. Our annual Teddy Bear Toss game has always been a huge success and it was incredible to see that sort of energy transferred towards this new initiative," said Mike Oke.

There is an ongoing need for socks and given the current circumstances, these shelters and groups are seeing an increased demand. Donated socks will be distributed to the partner shelters, and financial donations will be used to purchase winter items, like socks, gloves, mitts, and scarves. During these challenging times, the Petes will continue to seek out opportunities to provide support to the Peterborough community.

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