GREENWICH \u2014 Friends hoping to drop by the Bogardus house for dinner this month might want to pencil in a November evening instead. This is October and \u2014 with 11-year-old Jackson Bogardus hard at work \u2014 his family\u2019s home is filled with socks. The Eastern Middle School sixth-grader is the founder of Jackson\u2019s Socktober, a three-year-old drive to collect socks and make sure everyone in the community has toasty toes this winter. \u201cThey take over the dining room,\u201d his dad, Bill Bogardus, said of the thousands of pairs of socks that pile up in the house each fall. \u201cWhatever he comes up with to collect more socks, we try to do.\u201d Jackson\u2019s inspiration came one evening a few years ago when Bill Bogardus and his wife, Jenn, were heading out to a fundraiser for the Undies Project, a Greenwich initiative to provide panties, boxers and briefs to men, women and children in need. \u201cMaybe I should do that,\u201d he told his parents. Learning that socks are the most requested item of clothing by people in homeless shelters, the preteen launched the first Socktober in 2019. In that first year, Jackson managed to collect and donate a whopping 2,000 pairs of socks \u2014 also catching the eye of Bombas, an apparel company known for donating an item for each item purchased by its customers. The second year, Bombas agreed to help make Socktober a roaring success, the Bogarduses said. With the company\u2019s help, Jackson managed to donate 8,000 pair of socks in October 2020. \u201cIf I get 100, they would give me 200,\u201d he said. This year Bombas is on board again, and Jackson is making appearances at a number of local events to help boost the drive. He has also created his annual video, which is viewable on his website at www.jacksonsocktober.com, to get out the word on the drive. \u201cWhite socks, black socks, blue socks, tie-dyed socks, Mets socks \u2014 even bacon socks! There are socks for every occasion,\u201d said the lively sixth-grader, replacing the sock puppet star of last year\u2019s show. Socktober collection bins have been placed at locations across town, at Threads & Treads, Greenwich Pediatric Dental Group, Eastern Middle School, Riverside School, Old Greenwich Farmers Market, Greenwich Botanical Center, Mike\u2019s Organic and Aux Delices. Monetary donations are also accepted on the website. Jackson, who loves to fish and play hockey, football and video games when he\u2019s not collecting socks, will donate his collections to Inspirica in Stamford and other agencies that serve men, women and children in need. Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor, the creators of The Undies Project, said they\u2019re proud to have inspired the youngster\u2019s impressive foray into charitable giving. \u201cWhen we created The Undies Project seven years ago, we had no idea the impact it would have outside of us donating underwear to those in need,\u201d they said. \u201cHe even has his own website now. We hope that Jackson\u2019s philanthropy will inspire other youngsters to give back.\u201d For more information about the sock drive or to make a donation, visit www.jacksonsocktober.com.