photo via the Stamford Daily Voice.

Teach your children to be generous and they will be the leaders who will change the world! Debbie Perkins, Senior Director of CHI’s Hudson Valley Programs, teaches by example as she works every day to support homeless families seeking help at CHI shelters and emergency housing programs.

“Like Mother, Like Daughter”

Thirteen year old Mason Perkins has followed the example of her mom by getting involved in community service.  She is  the local representative of Sox Warm Hearts, a national community outreach program that aims to give socks to those in need.

“I first heard of Sox Warm Hearts at a coalition meeting organized by the Westchester County Department of Social Services in the fall of 2013,” says Debbie Perkins. “I was thrilled by the concept and immediately had CHI become a beneficiary. I know the need for socks, because I see it every day. Coats, clothes and furniture can be reused but not socks”.

This organization’s mission inspired Mason, who was turning 12 years old at that time. That’s when she had the idea of asking for new socks instead of presents and started her first collection drive as an ambassador for Sox Warm Hearts in Connecticut.

This year, Mason took on her second collection drive. This time she got other classmates from Turn of River Middle School in Stamford to help out. The students gathered approximately 500 pairs of new socks and delivered them last Friday to the New Covenant House of Hospitality at 90 Fairfield Avenue, a facility that serves lunch and dinner daily to people in need.

Notably, the second collection drive grew to involve the entire school, with eighth-grader Mason leading the initiative.

“We are excited and impressed that she is intending to continue annual drives and truly taking on the position as a Sox Warm Hearts Ambassador”, said her proud mom.

Read the complete story at the Stamford Daily Voice.