Sock drive helps the homeless

Courtesy photoShown with socks they collected in this year’s Docs for Socks drive are, front row, Dr. James DiResta and Dr. Angela Barnes, and back row, from left, Cherise Burke, Hollie Johnson, practice manager, and Hannah Antanavich.

NEWBURYPORT – Local podiatrists Dr. Angela Barnes and Dr. James J. DiResta partnered again this year with Anna Jaques Hospital in the Docs for Socks program, collecting 400 pairs of new socks for people in the community affected by homelessness.

The socks were delivered to Ellie Davis at YWCA Greater Newburyport. She will distribute the socks to the greatest area of need throughout the community.

The collection focuses on 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 rain, snow, ice and cold temperatures, leaving many to wear soaking wet socks and shoes for days or weeks at a time.

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

Collection boxes were hosted at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Newburyport Podiatry practice of DiResta and Barnes at 37½ Forrester St. in the Professional Building in Newburyport.

Hospital employees and patients of the two doctors rallied around the program "in an incredible way," according to a press release from Newburyport Podiatry.

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