This year we mark One Boston Day on April 15, teaming up with John Hancock to hold a city-wide sneaker drive and you can help.

As the City of Boston celebrates One Boston Day, we invite you to mark the day with St. Francis House. One Boston Day is an annual opportunity for businesses, organizations, and individuals to join together in celebrating the generosity of the Boston community.

Building off our successful shoe drive last year, we are partnering again with John Hancock for a sneaker drive to benefit our Fresh Threads department which distributes 3,000 pairs of shoes every year, unable to meet the full demand from those in need.

There will be collection bins strategically placed throughout Boston on One Boston Day, Sunday, April 15, 2018.

We thank you for your engagement and support in helping St. Francis House provide the resources for our guests to rebuild their lives.


Special One Boston Day location

There will be collection boxes at the Sports and Fitness Expo on April 15th  located at the Seaport World Trade Center at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston, MA.

Citywide now through to April 16

Please drop off your new or freshly cleaned sneakers to these locations, all open through to Monday, April 16.  All locations listed are in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street
  • Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square
    • 3rd Floor Lobby 8:30am-5:30PM, Monday through Friday
    • 5th Floor Lobby 8:30am-5:30PM, Monday through Friday
  • Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue
  • Dr. Martens, 201 Newbury Street, #1
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue
  • Marathon Sports Boston, 671 Boylston Street

Join in the many ways in which you can give back in the community.

  • Host a drive – email Sharon Lee
  • Spread the word – tweet or share this page on Facebook using buttons at the bottom
  • Make a donation so that we can continue to serve 6,700 guests each year
  • Drop off shoes on One Boston Day at one of these boxes!

One Boston Day 2018 Sneaker Drive Box

The talk around Boston during the marathon season is John Hancock, the major sponsor of the most iconic race on Earth – the Boston Marathon – and a huge participant in all the citywide events that weekend. In 2017 they teamed up with St. Francis House for some special events around One Boston Day, April 15, which made for a very memorable race weekend.

Internal sneaker drive and donation

From Banner Day to Boston Marathon Monday, all offices hosted a sneaker drive to benefit our Fresh Threads clothing program.

CEO Craig Bromley donated $5.00 per pair of sneakers donated by employees, and when the count was complete, the 1,787 pairs of sneakers collected brought in a whopping $8,935 for St. Francis House.

External shoe collection with elite athletes taking part

In addition, they helped spearhead a city-wide drive for the Boston community to participate, with collection boxes stationed in several public locations, including Boston City Hall.  On One Boston Day, an outdoor collection box was placed near the Hynes Convention center and Marathon Finish Line where BAA runners received their marathon packets. These locations brought in an additional 2,400 pairs of shoes and sneakers for our guests! A highlight of this public collection drive was the elite marathon runners donating their “fastest shoes on earth” to St. Francis House.

“One Boston Day signifies the best of Boston,” said Tom Crohan, AVP & Counsel, John Hancock Financial. “We are proud to once again partner with the City of Boston and St. Francis House to help provide sneakers to men and women in need. It is a simple act of kindness that can have a big impact.”

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John Hancock sponsored a citywide sneaker drive

Our Fresh Threads department distributes several thousand pairs of shoes every year to guests in need. The outpouring of community support was overwhelming, with 1,000 pairs of sneakers collected! John Hancock also donated $10,000 to purchase additional pairs of sneakers.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel hosted ice cream giveaway

The hotel hosted an ice cream truck on One Boston Day offering free ice cream, with a suggested donation collection to benefit St. Francis House’s clothing department and purchase sneakers for our guests in need.

Hampshire House Corporation & Beacon Hill Civic Association clothing and shoe drive

The Hampshire House Corporation held a clothing and shoe drive in conjunction with Beacon Hill Civic Association. Thanks to staff at Hampshire House, Cheers Beacon Hill, Cheers Faneuil Hall, 75 Chestnut, 75 on Liberty Wharf, and Beacon Hill Civic Association for their participation!

Grand Circle Corporation office sneaker drive

The office celebrated with a sneaker drive for our guests! The staff in their office donated 20 pairs of shoes, which will go directly to our guests in need here at St. Francis House.

University of Massachusetts – Boston

hosted a clothing drive

Troy Boston Apartments

hosted a shoe drive