Better Banks Kicks Off Annual Socktober

Better Banks announces the start of its annual Socktober Sock Drive benefitting the children of Children’s Home Association of Illinois in Peoria. The Sock Drive is a month long community event collecting new socks in any size for both girls and boys, of all ages.

Socks are the most needed and the least donated item of clothing. While many people donate clothing to shelters and other non-profit organizations, very few people donate socks. Additionally, many organizations don’t accept gently used socks, so the need continues to grow.

The Socktober sock drive was started a few years ago by Better Banks as a way to give back to the community, as well as a way to help raise awareness of the need within our local communities. The Children’s Home provides services for more than 1,700 children and families each month. To be able to provide new, clean socks to every child takes assistance from the area communities. With that goal in mind, Better Banks will collect socks at every location all month long. Donations will be presented to the Children’s Home in November.

“We continue to collect more socks every year, and we’re honored to be a part of such a worthwhile drive. The children really appreciate the simple gift of a pair of fresh, new socks,” said Mike Stratton, President of Better Banks. “Seeing their joy in receiving a pair of socks really helps to put things in perspective for me.”

 "It is a great honor to work with everyone at Better Banks. Better Banks is community-minded and what they do for the kids at Children's Home through the Socktober Sock Drive is proof of that," said Matt George, CEO of Children's Home.

Better Banks strives to support local organizations which focus on community, education and youth. We contribute to the communities we serve through our time, talents and contributions and believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities that trust us with their financial well-being.

All Better Banks locations have collection boxes for new packages of socks. All sizes, colors and textures are welcome!

About the Children’s Home of Peoria
Children’s Home has been caring for the children in our community for 150 years. Operating from six locations in the Peoria area, our staffs of 400+ professionals are committed to community-based, family-focused programs that provide counseling, education and support to more than 1,700 children and families each month. Programs for children and youth include: residential care, group homes, foster care and adoption, supervised independent living, private school, crisis intervention, mental health assessment, homeless services, in-home counseling and family preservation. For more information on the Children’s Home, visit