For the fifth year, Entergy Texas employees did their part to ensure that area schoolchildren have the most basic of essentials when the first bell rings this fall. With United Way’s Project Undercover, Entergy offices served as drop-off points for donations of new socks and underwear that benefit Montgomery County students in need.
According to United Way, these essentials will benefit students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program across Montgomery County’s six school districts. While many other programs provide these students back-to-school supplies and clothing, essential needs like socks and underwear tend to be overlooked.
Entergy employees at Conroe, Parkwood and The Woodlands Service Center donated 969 items, including underwear, socks, camisoles and t-shirts.
“It’s incredible that Entergy hit almost 1,000 items donated, which sets a new record. I was so excited to be asked to lead this drive again to help the students of Montgomery County start their school year with these items, so that they can focus on learning,” said Paula Odom, senior customer service specialist.
This year, in total, Project Undercover collected nearly 15,000 pairs of socks and underwear. With each student receiving a school week’s supply of socks and underwear, these donations will benefit approximately 1,500 Montgomery County students.
“The donations collect this year surpassed last year’s total by more than 30 percent. This was a record haul, and this success was due, in no small part, to Entergy’s efforts. We appreciate the company’s participation and commitment to this simple, and yet so impactful, initiative,” said Rick Meidel, United Way’s director of donor relations for Montgomery County.