NEWBURYPORT — Local podiatrists Dr. Angela Barnes and Dr. James DiResta are participating in the Sox for Socks program to help the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program provide new white socks for homeless men, women and children.

The Boston Red Sox are the largest supporter of the donation drive. Homeless men and women who live in shelters and on the streets spend much of their time outside and are often exposed to rain, snow, ice and cold temperatures, leaving many to wear soaking wet socks and shoes for days or weeks at a time, according to a press release.

These circumstances can result in serious infections and ailments, such as immersion foot or frostbite, and the best way to prevent conditions like these is to keep feet clean, dry and warm.

Pairs of new, white packaged socks can be dropped off into collection boxes through January at DiResta and Barnes’ podiatrist practice at 371/2 Forrester St., Newburyport, and at the Anna Jaques Hospital cafeteria. 

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