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Operation Sock Drop - Especially During COVID-19


2-4 hours


In your community - your neighborhood, school, place of worship, local business, etc. - whatever works best for you!


All year long.


Class, troop, or other group of like-minded kids (some adult involvement may be required to help with planning and drop off of collected items).


By collecting new socks, often a luxury for homeless individuals, you'll help keep vulnerable people healthy, safe, and warm AND help them maintain their dignity and comfort during a very difficult time in their lives.


Fresh, clean socks are so important for our health, comfort, and dignity. In the winter, we also need them to keep warm. But for the Boston community's homeless people, warm, clean socks are often a luxury. By participating in Operation Sock Drop, you not only help keep our community's neediest, most vulnerable people safe, warm, and healthy, but you will also help maintain their dignity and comfort during this most difficult time in their lives. The shelters we support give out 8,000 pairs each year, so we are always in great need!


1. Paper and printer to make signs (or markers if making by hand)

2. Collection bins



Download the Operation Sock Drop flyer here  and make a plan for hosting your drive. Follow the instructions provided. For questions, contact Jamie O'Neal O'Laughlin at or (617) 942-8683 OR Mariann Bucina Roca at or (617) 942-8671.

See VIEW INSTRUCTIONS for more details.


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.
  1. Download our flyer here. If you plan to do a larger drive, make signs indicating that you are collecting brand new socks for the homeless as well as your collection period.
  2. Place your collection bins and your signs in your chosen location(s) for the duration of your drive. Be sure you have received permission to put the collection bins in your chosen location(s). We recommend running a drive for at least two weeks.
  3. Check your collection bins periodically and empty them, as necessary, to make room for new donations.
  4. At the end of your collection period, mail or deliver your donations to: Dwayne Brown, In-Kind Donations Coordinator, Southampton Emergency Shelter, 112 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118
    (617) 534-6130
  5. Be sure to let us know that you found this activity through PGK.
  6. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity.