Sox for Socks: Health Care Professionals and Red Sox Foundation Collect Thousands of Socks for the Homeless
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program partnered with the Red Sox Foundation to collect 5,100 pairs of socks and $2,100 in their Sox for Socks charity drive at Fenway on June 3-5. BHCHP hands out clean socks to homeless patients in their 60 locations and on the street.
Many homeless people walk ten or more miles daily, according to Christy Xaysanasongkham, a nurse at the Barbara McInnis House, BHCHP’s medical respite facility. Their socks can become wet due to sweat or weather conditions. Unchanged wet socks put patients at risk for a number of medical conditions including trench foot, fungal infections, frostbite, and blisters which can lead to infection.