BOISE, Idaho – Boise-area men, women and children in need of warm socks can look forward to having toasty toes once again this winter, as Icon Credit Union and the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council are thrilled to announce the return of their annual sock drive and fundraiser, better known as Warm Hearts, Toasty Toes.
“Every winter, we hear about donations of coats, boots and other clothing for those in need,” said Connie Miller, President and CEO of Icon. “While those are incredibly important items, one thing seems to be overlooked year after year – socks. We’re working to change that. After all, who doesn’t love a warm pair of socks?”
Over the past three years, more than 4,000 pairs were donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA), Boise Rescue Mission and other local nonprofit organizations. This year alone, fundraiser organizers hope to collect more than 4,000 pairs of socks for donation.
“In the past, we’ve helped thousands of Idahoans keep their feet warm through cold winter months,” Miller said. “This year, we’re pushing for even greater exposure and a broader reach in the community due to the overwhelming need we’ve encountered.”
In addition to collecting socks for those in need, Warm Hearts, Toasty Toes is also designed to give girl scouts an opportunity to work in the community and show leadership through the two-month event. This year, eight girl scout troops – a total of approximately 80-100 scouts from across the Treasure Valley area – volunteered to participate in the event.
“An essential component of the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience is community service,” said Maureen O’Toole, CEO of Girls Scouts of Silver Sage. “Girls choose, manage, and participate in community service projects that benefit local families and individuals in need. Toasty Toes is a perfect example of this. Through their work with Icon Credit Union, girls will build self-esteem, learn organizational skills, and develop a strong sense of community.”
The sock drive begins November 12, 2013 and runs through January 18, 2014, and includes collecting socks at all Icon branch locations, as well as at a variety of sock drive events hosted by local Girl Scout troops. Sock distribution will take place the week of January 20th, depending on the needs of selected nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Travis Franklin at (208) 908-5216, x499.
ABOUT ICON CREDIT UNION
In 1952, seven employees of the Idaho Department of Highways started a small credit union with $35 and the idea of a credit union that was reflective of their values of integrity, service, and community. Sixty years later, Icon Credit Union has assets of $170 million and serves more than 16,000 members in the Treasure Valley and La Grande, Oregon. Icon Credit Union is a state chartered credit union, which makes membership available to anyone living or working in a county where it is chartered or anyone who works for an employer group associated with Icon.