Hospital, podiatrists partner in sock drive for homeless people

As printed in the Daily News of Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport podiatrists Dr. Angela Barnes and Dr. James J. DiResta partnered with Anna Jaques Hospital in the “Sox for Socks” program in December and collected close to 500 pairs of socks for homeless people.

Sox for Socks, named after the program’s largest supporter the Boston Red Sox, collects socks for homeless men, women and children through Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, according to a press release from Anna Jaques.

The program collects socks because homeless men and women who live in shelters and on the streets spend much of their time outside and are often exposed to bad weather and cold temperatures, leaving many to wear soaking wet socks and shoes for days or weeks at a time. Those conditions can lead to serious infections and ailments, such as immersion foot or frostbite. The best way to prevent these types of conditions is to keep feet clean, dry and warm, the release said.

Collection boxes were placed at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Newburyport podiatry practice of DiResta and Barnes at the 371/2 Forrester Street Professional Building. Hospital employees and patients of the two doctors supported the program and the socks will be delivered to Boston Healthcare for the Homeless this month.