Spreading Warmth: Sophia’s 9th Annual Sock Drive for St. Francis House

In a heartwarming tradition that began almost a decade ago, one local girl from Milton has been making a significant impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Boston. At just four years old, Sophia started Sophia’s Socks for the Homeless (sophias.socks), a sock drive initiative to benefit our guests, and since then, it’s grown into an annual event involving an entire community coming together to provide warmth and comfort.


For the past nine years, Sophia and her family have organized a sock drive, and this year’s results were nothing short of extraordinary: a staggering 4,225 pairs of socks, along with 4 full bags of hats and gloves, were collected and delivered on December 17th, 2023. To date, she has donated nearly 22,000 pairs of socks to St. Francis House.


“It takes a village,” says Sophia’s proud mother, Rachael. Indeed, the success of this annual drive is a testament to the power of community and collective goodwill. Friends, family, and neighbors all contribute to the cause, helping to spread the word and collect donations year-round.


The commitment to this cause is so strong that plans are already in motion for next year to celebrate the 10th-anniversary. It’s inspiring to see how Sophia’s initiative has grown, and her community continues to prove that small acts of kindness, when multiplied, can create a ripple effect of positivity that touches the lives of many.

Check out our recent video highlighting Sophia’s efforts.