Project Undercover: new socks and underwear for Houstonian kids

Jackson Cutler

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HOUSTON, TX — United Way of Greater Houston's Project Undercover aims to give children from kindergarten through 12th new socks and underwear.

The initiative is a citywide collection drive to prepare the kids for the new school year. United Way will distribute the donations to the four counties it handles, including Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Waller, as well as the Bay Area.

This donation is devised based on the study showing that 1 in 5 children don't have access to clean clothes, often caused by financial constraints, especially due to the economic slow-down through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even before the pandemic, students without clean clothes had been one of the chief reasons behind high school dropout rates. In 2019, the project collected over 35,000 pairs of socks and underwear distributed to 3,500 students in the Houston area.

Citizens can donate through https://www.amazon.com/wedding/share/ProjectUndercover2020 until July 31. Donors can directly check out the Amazon shopping list.

The non-profit also encourages communities, corporations, and churches to run collection drives to get more donors.

"All kids deserve to feel comfortable and confident when they leave for school every day despite their financial situation," said Emily Faron, volunteer engagement manager for United Way of Greater Houston. "As more and more students return to in-person school this fall, we want to make sure they are prepared for success. A donation of clean pair of socks and undies can increase a student's attendance rate, therefore increasing the chances they achieve academic success and graduate from high school."

To learn more about Project Undercover, visit www.unitedwayhouston.org/projectundercover.

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