Annual ‘Sox for Socks’ Drive to Help Boston’s Homeless at Fenway Park Taking Place This Weekend


July 15, 2010

The Red Sox won?t be the only socks at Fenway this weekend.

The Red Sox Foundation and NESN are partnering up to host the fifth annual Sox for Socks drive to benefit Boston?s homeless.

Fans can help the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) by bringing packages of new white athletic socks to the Red Sox? games against the Texas Rangers on July 17 and 18 at Fenway Park. Socks will be collected at each entrance gate before the game.

"Donating clean white socks sounds like a simple thing, but these socks actually become an important medical supply that truly benefits people in need here in our community," Sean McGrail, president and CEO of NESN, said.

Doctors and nurses from BHCHP will distribute the socks to homeless on the street around Greater Boston in an effort to prevent and treat various foot ailments suffered after living outside.

"By donating new packages of socks, fans demonstrate the tremendous heart of Red Sox Nation and allow this vital nonprofit to help more people in need, especially in these tough times," said Meg Vaillancourt, senior VP of the Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox foundation.

Over the past four years, ?Sox for Socks? has collected 68,500 pairs of socks, amounting to $70,000 for BHCHP.

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