"The reason I joined Sox Warm Hearts is to help the less fortunate in my area. For my 12th birthday party I told my friends that instead of bringing me presents to bring me socks. From this alone I raised 155 socks and I am receiving more. My socks are all donated at the New Covenant House of Hospitality to the ones who need it. I am happy that I am a part of Sox Warm Hearts knowing that I can make a difference in my community and help others like McKenna."
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“Sox Warm Hearts Comes to Stamford”
A California student’s dream and school project about helping others has developed into a national community outreach project called Sox Warm Hearts. When Mason Perkins a 7th grader at TOR middle school in Stamford, CT was planning her 12th birthday, she decided to follow the trend of several of her friends and collect donations to a charity instead of gifts.
Her mother, a social worker overseeing an emergency housing program for families who are homeless in Westchester, NY had shared how thrilled she was that her program was a recipient of Sox Warm Hearts.
So, inspired by another young person 3,000 miles away, Mason became an Ambassador of Sox Warm Hearts. On 12/14, McKenna and Mason will distribute Mason’s Birthday Socks together.
Mason connected with Diana David the Westchester, NY Ambassador, McKenna Matranga the founder. She chose New Covenant House of Hospitality, the only soup kitchen in lower Fairfield County as her recipient.
McKenna hopes to have 10,000 pairs of socks distributed to those in need. Research showed McKenna that socks are often forgotten when people donate clothing and shoes for the underserved. Research further showed that many foot problems can be attributed to the underserved having shoes, but no socks.
Great photo opportunity of youth giving. Founder, 18 year old California High School senior McKenna Matranga, 12 year old Mason Perkins, the Stamford Ambassador, Diana David, the Westchester County Ambassador, and New Covenant House of Hospitality staff.
New Covenant House of Hospitality 90 Fairfield Avenue Stamford, CT 06904 (Behind Yerwood Center) http://nchstamford.org/about-us/ Map
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:00 noon
firstname.lastname@example.org, 949 380-9400, or visit soxwarmhearts.com.
------- Stamford, CT, December 6, 2013
Understanding the importance, and satisfaction, of “giving back” is generally learned as adults. But in the case of two young women — on opposite US coasts — they are already well on their way to serving their communities through an outreach program called Sox Warm Hearts.
Sox Warm Hearts is a charity founded by McKenna Matranga, age 18, of Aliso Viejo, California. To date her charity has collected and distributed almost 6,000 pairs of socks to the needy in the United States, Mexico and Bolivia through an ambassador network across the United States. McKenna learned that socks are an item of clothing rarely donated, so addressing that important need was very timely and has been much appreciated.
When Mason Perkins of Stamford, CT learned about the vision of Sox Warm Hearts through Ambassador Diana David of Mt. Vernon, NY, she immediately took action! Instead of receiving birthday gifts for her twelfth birthday, Mason asked her guests to donate socks. She has collected over two hundred pairs of socks in just a few weeks, and will donate them to her community at the Stamford New Covenant House of Hospitality on Saturday, December 14. Additionally, Mason has initiated a sock drive at Turn of River Middle School with classrooms competing for socks donations. If the school reaches its goal of 1000 pairs of socks, they will earn a fun school pajama day! Mason plans to continue her participation in Sox Warm Hearts in a future community outreach program, including participating retailers.
Both McKenna and Mason have experienced the satisfaction of “giving back” and are inspirations to others who can join the Sox Warm Hearts team of ambassadors. For more information, visit www.soxwarmhearts.com or call (949) 457-1212.