Donate to 'Socks for the Needy' through May 30

Donate to 'Socks for the Needy' through May 30

PROVIDENCE - Podiatrists throughout the state, along with YMCAs, the Pawtucket Red Sox and The Salvation Army, are taking part in Socks for the Needy, an effort to collect new socks for needy children and adults.

Collection bins are set up in the lobbies at YMCAs throughout Rhode Island, as well as at the podiatry offices of members of the Rhode Island Podiatric Medical Association, through May 30.

Those donating socks can enter to win family packs of PawSox tickets.

"Podiatrists have long recognized the high incidence of foot conditions among the needy and homeless as their feet are often wet and they lack dry clean socks to wear," said Dr. David Ruggiero, president of the RIPMA. "Our association thought a community outreach campaign like this was the perfect fit for podiatrists as we enter our anniversary year, providing foot health for Rhode Islanders for over a hundred years. We give particular thanks to the YMCAs in Rhode Island, the Salvation Army and the Pawtucket Red Sox for participating as partners in our community service project."

Those who donate a pair of new socks at their YMCA can enter to win one of 10 family packs of tickets and vouchers for food at the culmination PawSox baseball game on June 12, "Sox for the Needy" night.

Entry forms and an entry box are attached to the sock collection bin in YMCA lobbies.

Additionally, anyone who attends the PawSox game on June 12 and donates a pair of new socks when they enter will receive a chance to win a baseball autographed by the PawSox team, which will be raffled off at the game.

On Saturday, April 26, free foot screenings will be held at the Pawtucket, Lincoln, Barrington and Kent Country YMCAs, and on May 10, at the Cranston, East Side and South County Ys.

Foot health information and a podiatrist locator can be found at www.rifootdoctors.com or by calling 401-941-1142.