Pioneer Valley businesses provide socks for the homeless

It's an important piece of clothing for Friends of the Homeless clients

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pioneer Valley businesses teamed up to make sure the city’s most vulnerable residents have warm feet this winter.

Mercy Medical Center’s “Healthcare for Homeless” program collaborated with the Springfield Jazz Festival and Big Y pharmacies to collect warm socks. They collected 583 pairs of socks, along with enough cash donations to purchase another 120 pairs of wool socks for homeless men and women.

It’s an important piece of clothing for Friends of the Homeless clients.

Dennis Sheehan of Friends of the Homeless told 22News, “When you don’t have anything, anytime you get something that’s new and yours, especially something that you’re going to use, this time of the year, you’re going to use quite a bit.”

Mercy hospital runs a healthcare program for the homeless with funds from the city of Springfield. The hospital holds a health clinic in the Friends of the Homeless shelter, which is the largest healthcare site for the homeless.

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