HOUSTON—Many of the men who come to Houston’s Loaves and Fishes Mission in downtown Houston have hit rock bottom.
That’s why a 10-year-old Houston girl decided to give them Christmas presents. Her name is Princess.
She’s a young aspiring actress and her picture is on the packaging of Wholly Guacamole, but today she played the role of Santa.
Just a few weeks ago, with her parents’ help, Princess started an organization called “Sock Out Poverty.” Her mission was to collect as many socks as she could to give to homeless men. She tried to set up a collection table outside Walmart. They said, no, they had a better idea.
”Instead they wanted to partner with her and donate socks so they donated over hundreds of socks,” said Princess’ mother, Phyllis Burton.
Between Walmart and half a dozen other groups, Princess collected 500 pairs of socks. Today she gave them out at the mission.
”To the little girl that originally thought of that, ‘preciate it. Thank you, little miss,” one recipient named Tony said. “Socks are lovely, especially when it’s cold.”
Princess’ inspiration is her dad, an HPD officer, who regularly reaches out to the homeless.
”He’s the one who helped me come out with this organization, like he saw that the people have blankets, but no socks,” Princess said.
Recently, Officer Sheldon Theragood bought shoes for a homeless man named Patrick who has been on the streets in a wheelchair for 40 years. Seeing that kind of compassion in her dad taught Princess a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
”If you got it, give it to ‘em. It’ll always come back and it might come back even twice as better,” said Officer Theragood.
The 500 pairs of socks were gone in just minutes.
“I love it!” one man said after getting his pair, presented in a small, festive gift bag.