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Turn of River Student Donates Socks to Warm Hearts

"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."

Mason Perkins
Stamford, CT



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Stamford Students Bring Warmth To New Covenant House With Gift Of Socks

Turn of River Middle School students donate 500 pairs of socks to New Covenant House of Hospitality Friday. From left are: John Gutman from New Covenant, students Mason Perkins and Hannah Nekritz, and Betsy Lopez, from New Covenant. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- For the second year in a row, students at Turn of River Middle School in Stamford have donated hundreds of pairs of new socks to a facility known for serving meals to those in need. The students gathered about 500 pairs of socks, and they were delivered Friday afternoon to the New Covenant House of Hospitality at 90 Fairfield Ave. Eighth-grader Mason Perkins, the driving force behind the sock collection, is the local representative for Sox Warm Hearts, a national community outreach program that aims to give socks to those in need. She decided to forgo gifts on her 12th birthday last year and instead asked for socks that she could donate. The guidelines are simple, Perkins said. "We need brand new socks, kids, men, women's, as long as they are brand new," she said. She took the sock-giving idea to school, where it was adopted quickly. That result was 650 pairs of donated socks, which were given to New Covenant House last year from her birthday and from the school drive. This year, another drive was held in school, resulting in 500 pairs of socks. Fellow student Hannah Nekritz joined Perkins in making the donation Friday. "I just try to get involved in as much community service as possible," Nekritz said. "I think it's unique, so I like it." Betsy López, program coordinator at New Covenant, said the sock donation is a major one. "This is one of the biggest ones that we have," she said. "Most donations we do get are personal items like toiletries." New Covenant tends not to take donations of clothing such as jackets and other bulkier items because of a lack of storage space, Lopez said. They do take smaller items such as gloves, scarves and socks. "The main thing we do is food so this is an extra bonus for our guests, especially now with the cold that we are having," she said. "This is an extra treat for them." The facility is located in the rear of the Yerwood Center at 90 Fairfield Ave. but will be moving to its new 8,000-square-foot home at 174 Richmond Hill Ave. in the spring said New Covenant Executive Director John Gutman. The facility serves lunch and dinner daily, with about 100 people showing up for lunch and about 75 for dinner, Gutman said. New Covenant will be able to handle more clothing once it moves into its new space, he said

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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.


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Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:00 noon

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------- 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 or call (949) 457-1212.