John Cowan and the club are collecting socks and other clothing items to help the homeless in the community.

John Cowan and the club are collecting socks and other clothing items to help the homeless in the community.

Kiwanis holds sock drive

Saturday at Cap’s cycle in Maple Ridge.

The region’s newest service club is putting its best foot forward to help the homeless this holiday season.

The Kiwanis Club of Ridge Meadows is hosting its first ever community-wide Christmas Sock Drive at Cap’s Westwood Cycle, located at 21626 Lougheed Hwy., on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Club president John Cowan said the new members are excited to be able to give back to the community.

“We’re a new club with a lot of young members, so there is some real enthusiasm to get out and help those who need it most as the cold weather sets in,” said Cowan.

He said the club decided on the project knowing the level of poverty and in the region is more prevalent in needs to be addressed.

He said members are encouraging the public to donate new or gently-used clean socks and other clothing items to help our communities’ homeless stay warm this winter.

The Kiwanis Club of Ridge Meadows has already undertaken four projects since it was formed in June.

Members have volunteered to  help serve Thanksgiving dinner and held a fundraising pub night in late October in order to sponsor a family  through the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

Members are also collecting garbage in downtown Maple Ridge through the Adopt-A-Block program, and volunteering with Operation Red Nose.