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L+M and Westerly hospitals donate socks to help area families

Friday, November 11, 2022

New London, CT/ Westerly, RI (Nov. 11, 2022) A recent “Socktober” sock drive held in the cafeterias at both L+M Hospital and Westerly Hospital generated an outpouring of generosity among employees as they donated new pairs of socks to help those in our communities who are in need.

Westerly Hospital employees donated 84 pairs of new socks and L+M Hospital employees donated 332 pairs of socks (and some new underwear as well).

Socks will be donated to the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London, CT, and to the Jonnycake Center in Westerly, RI.

“Socks are the most needed item at homeless shelters, yet they are actually among the least donated items,” said Ashley Barone, assistant director for Food and Nutrition at L+M Hospital. “The need for socks naturally increases in the colder months, so this event was the perfect time for our employees to step up and provide this much-needed resource to our communities.”

At Westerly Hospital, Erica Robbins, manager of Food and Nutrition, said giving back to the community is a longstanding hospital tradition. “Helping our neighbors is always a great way for all of us to continue our commitment to improving the health of our region,” she said. “Donations such as this help extend our reach out into the community as we help provide warmth and comfort for our neighbors.”

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit, 308-bed general and acute care hospital providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetrical patients in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island since 1912. Lawrence + Memorial offers cardiac acute, step-down and rehabilitation programs and is the only eastern Connecticut hospital that performs emergency and elective angioplasty.

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private.