Local girl shines on ‘Steve Harvey Show’

Talk show host Steve Harvey is recognizing kids doing great things, and the founder of a local non-profit is among those receiving national recognition.

Princess Jackson, founder of Sock Out Poverty, Inc. was recently featured along with three other young people who are doing great things in their community in a segment called Real Good, which spotlights kids who go above and beyond to give back to others.

During the segment, the kids received a surprise when talk show host/comedian Harvey gave each one of his young guests a check for $5,000 toward their nonprofit organizations.

“It was exciting to meet Mr. Harvey and to receive a check for $5,000 for my organization,” said Jackson. “This will definitely help Sock Out Poverty reach our goal of providing socks to the homeless community on a global level.”

Jackson founded Sock Out Poverty in December 2014 to provide socks to the homeless community after seeing many of them having a need for the small item. Since its inception, Sock Out Poverty has donated close to 11,000 pairs of socks in the Houston, Beaumont, Dallas and San Antonio communities.

“My mom and I were downtown handing out blankets to the homeless when I noticed they had shoes and no socks or the shoes had holes in them. I felt bad for them and wanted to give them my socks, but instead we went to the store and purchased some socks, went back downtown and passed them out,” Jackson said.

“Also, people don’t realize how important socks are to the homeless to protect their feet from the weather.”

The organization hopes to bring awareness to the public on how significant a pair of socks can be to a person. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to “Sock Out Poverty One Step at a Time.”

For more information visit www.sockoutpoverty.org