When she is not acting, modeling or dancing, Houston teen Princess Jackson is making a difference in the community as founder of Sock Out Poverty, Inc.
The Houston teen is joining forces with The Salvation Army on July 9 for a Christmas in July 5K to collect socks and donations for individuals in need with proceeds going to The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s programs.
The vision for the nonprofit was inspired three years ago when she took part in a blanket drive with her mom and noticed that the homeless individuals had holes in their shoes and no socks.
A collector of socks, the – then – 9 year old decided to create her own nonprofit to provide socks, clothing, and other items to the homeless.
Supported by her mother, Phyllis Burton, executive director of the nonprofit, Princess Jackson has, to date, passed out almost 9,000 pairs of socks in Houston, Beaumont, San Antonio and Dallas with the help of Walmart, Altitude Trampoline Park in San Antonio and a number of small businesses in Houston.
Her community outreach efforts were recently featured on a segment of The Tom Joyner Morning Show’s Black America Web.com series.
Her compassionate heart has not gone unnoticed and caught the attention of City of Houston officials who honored her in July 2015 for her community outreach efforts.
The socially-conscious teen is not only making an impact in the community, she is making career moves and recently became the new face of BCG Youth Athletic Wear, a brand carried by Academy Sports and Outdoors for their new Spring collection campaign. Represented by Houston-based Pastorini and Bosby Talent Agency, the talented teen also auditioned for Kevin Hart’s 2015 film ‘Get Hard’ and Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Selma’.
To register for the run, visit RaceRoster.com.
For additional information about Princess Jackson ‘Sock Out Poverty’ Organization, visit SockOutPoverty.org.
Upcoming “Sock Out Poverty” Community Event