The Homeless Outreach Program of the Cambridge Police Department coordinated the move with the Cambridge District Court, the Harvard Square Business Association, and First Parish Church.
“We cannot raise $50,000 to build new classrooms, but what we can do is get socks,” said an organizer of the drive.
After severe state budget cuts, youth homeless center Youth on Fire is at risk of shutting down if it does not receive more money from the government this month.
With Au Bon Pain closed for construction, some of Harvard Square's homeless have looked for new places to spend their days. For some, the Garage in Harvard Square has filled this gap.
A recent blizzard and cold temperatures have proved challenging for Cambridge’s homeless population.
Student volunteers at the Y2Y overnight homeless shelter in Harvard Square were concerned earlier this week by a reduction in food donations from Harvard’s dining halls because of the ongoing strike.