In their first effort to help patients trying to overcome addiction, a group of Watertown Middle School students collected clothes and other items to help homeless people in need.
Before winter break, a group fo WMS students held an ugly sweater party, to which they were asked to bring a new, cold weather item for a homeless adult in need, such as backpack, new socks, mittens, knit hat, or scarves, according to Watertown School Committee member Amy Donohue.
The item were delivered to Mass. General Hospital’s Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic to give to its patients. Teachers Chris McDermott and Aine Dirane, who lead the WMS community service groups, have worked with a group of eighth graders to spear head this new initiative.
The eighth graders also received support from Watertown Police Lt. Daniel Unsworth, Dr. Laura Kehoe, medical director at the Mass. General Bridge Clinic, and Watertown resident Peter Airisian, who founded Watertown Overcoming Addiction.