Socks and underwear are some essentials that many of us expect to have. But for kids in families who have to choose where they spend their money, those essentials may not be part of the budget. One program is working to change that and give those kids going back to school an extra boost in confidence.
Socks and underwear are probably things you pick up at the store and never give a second thought. But for some families in need, these items don't always make the back to school shopping list.
Angela Hyde with Community Outreach says, "There's a lot of fees and school supplies and socks and underwear aren't things you typically think of, but it's something that's needed and it's not something you can get at a thrift store or second-hand stores."
So "Sock It To Poverty" has been set up to help kids in need get new socks and underwear before they head back to school.
"It helps the child and family go back to school with some determination. It's amazing how we might take for granted a new pair of socks or some underwear," says Hyde. "It's something that might be thrilling to a kid who might not have that."
The Sioux Falls Walmart on Louise Ave. is taking socks and underwear donations at its front door. So far, Community Outreach, which is sponsoring the program, says there's been a good response.
"There's an overwhelming need and we're just wanting to make a dent in it and help as many kids as we can." says Hyde.
And while it mmight not be your usual drive for school supplies, the supplies this group is gathering for struggling families means just as much.
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