For the 14th year, Sox for Socks season is upon us! A group of Boston Red Sox wives and girlfriends recently volunteered at HER Saturday, our weekly women's health clinic, to brighten up the women's day and get everyone in the Sox spirit. Our staff and patients were happy to have our friends Erin Bradley, Lakyn Holt, Tiffany Price, and Theresa Simunovic join us for the day. Check out the photos below of our friends from the Red Sox giving out baseball hats to our patients, leading bingo, and helping with fun activities like watercolors and beading.
Our CEO Barry Bock with a patient and the Red Sox wives.
Socks are incredibly important to our patients, as anyone who has read Dr. Jim O'Connell's book Stories from the Shadows knows. When you spend all day on your feet, there's a high risk of foot ailments which can be exacerbated by New England weather and the lack of a comfortable place to recuperate. Rain, snow, ill-fitting shoes, constant standing and diseases like diabetes take their toll on the feet of homeless people. Every day, BHCHP's nurses and physicians treat a huge range of foot ailments - from trench foot to skin infections, from frostbite to nail diseases. The best way to prevent such conditions is to keep feet clean and dry - very difficult if you spend your days outside.
Theresa Simunovic helps patients with water colors.
As the lead sponsor of BHCHP's annual Sox for Socks campaign, the Boston Red Sox invite us to Fenway Park for a weekend collection drive each year and encourage fans to bring new white cotton socks to support our patients. With help from the Red Sox, countless people throughout New England now know that access to shoes and socks is often limited for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and living in shelters and on the streets.
Erin Bradley helped out a couple of patients while playing bingo, a fan favorite at BHCHP!
The Red Sox wives have volunteered at our main building at 780 Albany Street in the South End before, running a bingo game last summer. They also volunteer each year to help us get the word out to Red Sox Nation about Sox for Socks and to help collect the socks. For the last few years, Erin Bradley, Jackie Bradley Jr's wife, has spoken with NESN about her support for our work as part of an on-air interview with our CEO, Barry Bock. You can watch this year's interview here, where Erin talks about her visit to HER Saturday.
A patient with the Sox wives.
This year's Sox for Socks weekend is August 9-11 at Fenway Park. If you plan to attend a game that weekend, please consider bringing new, white socks to any gate at Fenway Park. Look for the Sox for Socks volunteers, led by the Red Sox wives, just inside the gate!
Can't make it to the game? You can still participate in Sox for Socks! Click the buttons below to send socks via our online wishlist, coordinate your own drive, or donate to support Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program as a whole.
Thanks to the Red Sox Foundation, NESN, Gentle Giant, and all of Red Sox Nation for your support!
Erin Bradley and Lakyn Holt get ready to give out Red Sox hats to our patients.
The Sox wives pose with string bags full of toiletries that they gave out. These were a huge hit with the women!
A patient gets a string bag full of toilettries.
The Sox wives with our wonderful HER Saturday staff!
Carolina Licalzi from the Red Sox Foundation helped out at the beading station.
Tiffany Price and one of our patients, with a piece of writing that the patient worked on.