Help Kids Go Back To School With New Underwear and Socks

Bridge Street

One of the simplest yet most essential needs of kids entering the school year is clean clothing that fits and is comfortable, and Rise Above Poverty is providing just that for local kids in need.

The 2nd annual “Undercover Drive” hosted by the non-profit will collect new underwear and socks to give to underprivileged teens and children before they start school.

Rise Above Poverty provides socks and underwear to students that need them, which help children feel more comfortable and focus on their work.

“We want to send them to school with a sense of dignity throughout the year,” said Reggie Kelley, Executive Director of Rise Above Poverty.

Organizers of the event set up a unique way for donors to drop off their items. Kelley described it as a reverse drive-thru. Donors will drive up to Rise Above Poverty’s location and hand their items to a volunteer.

The “Undercover Drive” is seeking new socks and underwear for boys and girls aged 5-15, or specifically youth sizes 5-16 and teen sizes extra small-extra large. The drive is happening on Saturday, August 10th from Noon-3pm at 600 West Genesee Street, Syracuse.

Monetary donations can be made by logging on to Rise Above Poverty’s Facebook page or visiting

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