MEDIA ADVISORY St. Francis House, John Hancock Team up for One Boston Day

Media Advisory One Boston Day John Hancock Sneaker Drive

Contact:  Cayenne Isaksen
(617) 646 1028



Locations citywide hosting sneaker drive to benefit homeless men and women in Boston

 BOSTON – April 11, 2017 – As the City of Boston celebrates the third annual One Boston Day, St. Francis House (SFH) is partnering with John Hancock again, hosting a sneaker donation drive to benefit homeless men and women in need. Citizens of Boston are asked to honor One Boston Day with a donation of new or gently worn sneakers. Each pair of sneakers donated will directly benefit guests of SFH.

In addition to a collection drive on One Boston Day, Saturday, April 15, at the jumbotron near the Boston Marathon finish line, there are several collection sites throughout the city that are now accepting shoe donations. For further details visit

Donations from the sneaker drive will augment the Fresh Threads Department at SFH that currently distributes 3,000 pairs of shoes each year to men and women who visit SFH.

“We are thrilled to be partnering again this year with John Hancock, a longstanding institution of Boston, in honor of One Boston Day,” said Karen LaFrazia, President & CEO of St. Francis House. “This sneaker drive will have a direct impact on our guests who come to St. Francis House seeking supportive services – in some cases for something as simple as a new pair of shoes. St. Francis House has long relied on the kindness and generosity of Boston residents, and we are excited to see that support continue as we honor One Boston Day.”


WHEN:      Now through One Boston Day: April 15, 2017

WHERE:    St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street

Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue

Cheers Boston, 84 Beacon Street

Fairmont Copley Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue

Whole Foods Charles River Plaza, 181 Cambridge Street

 In addition, on One Boston Day:

The intersection of Exeter Street and Boylston Street in Boston, near the Jumbotron.


“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.”

One Boston Day serves as an opportunity for the city – and its citizens – to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the city of Boston and those around the world in response to the tragic events on April 15, 2013.


About St. Francis House

Located in the heart of Boston, St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty.

St. Francis House is a welcoming and inclusive community. For over thirty years, every day of the year, we meet guests’ basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. We transform lives by using a holistic approach to understanding and addressing the behavioral health, housing and employment needs. We commit ourselves to helping those we serve achieve renewed lives of dignity and self-determination.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were $977 billion (US $728 billion) as at December 31, 2016. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments,  401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at