Above, third graders at St. Anna School in Leominster surround the packages of socks they collected for MHCC’s Socks for Santa campaign this year.

Above, third graders at St. Anna School in Leominster surround the packages of socks they collected for MHCC’s Socks for Santa campaign this year.

Leominster_ St. Anna School in Leominster’s third graders collected over 700 packages of socks for Montachusett Home Care’s Socks for Santa campaign this year.

As a way of giving back this holiday season, Montachusett Home Care sponsored “Socks for Santa” for its seventh year.  For many elders on fixed income, the last thing they think about is buying new socks for themselves.  They are more concerned about paying their monthly bills, or trying to help out their families, or saving a little money so that they can buy Christmas gifts for their grandchildren.  They figure no one is going to look at their feet, so new socks do not matter.

New socks do matter!  Wearing socks helps promote healthy feet and better health overall.  Socks help with balance, decrease fall risk, and keep the feet in better condition for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis, circulation problems or nerve damage.

Chairman of the MHCC’s campaign Sonya Ellis received the socks this past week from Third Grade Teacher Denise Lawson.

Over the holiday season, Montachusett Home Care case managers and nurses distributed the socks to seniors in the 21 cities and towns in North Central Massachusetts that are served by the agency.

Montachusett Home Care is a not for profit organization whose mission is to help elders and disabled adults remain independent in their homes in safety, comfort, and dignity for as long as possible by providing an array of in-home services. The agency can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 978-537-7411.