We had the good fortune of connecting with Phyllis Burton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Phyllis, how does your business help the community?
I’m the Executive Director of Sock Out Poverty, Inc. My seventeen year old daughter, Princess Jackson is the founder. Our mission is to reduce poverty and restore lives to the less fortunate. We provide the most over looked item to those who are in need and that’s a new pair of socks. We have given out over 15,000 pairs of new socks across the world. Sock Out Poverty, Inc. has held sock campaigns in California, Washington, DC, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, New York, and Texas. Our goal is to Sock Out Poverty all over the world.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
While my daughter Princess was on a blanket drive with me, she notice the homeless didn’t have socks to keep them warm. Because of her compassion for others and fondness for socks, Sock Out Poverty was created. We give the most overlooked item to those in need and that’s a new pair of socks. I’m honored that I have the privileged to work along side my daughter while impacting the world. I like to call it “The mother and daughter duo.” While hosting our sock campaigns in different states, we give back to those in need and then take time to tour the state we’re in. We intentionally have mother and daughter time after serving others. This has helped us refuel, brainstorm, and strategize for our next move with the business. This has been the catalyst to running our successful nonprofit organization. To date, we have given over 15,000 pairs of new socks to those who are in need.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the city, we would definitely visit The Boardwalk in Kemah, Texas. There are boat rides, restaurants, as well as food stands. From the live music for entertainment to the amusement park with exciting rides, there is fun for all at The Boardwalk!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to everyone that has helped us Sock Out Poverty. To all who have donated, volunteered, or shared with others about our organization, we say thank you! We couldn’t have impacted the world without you. Because of you, poverty is reduced and lives are restored. We are Socking Out Poverty one step at a time!

Website: Sockoutpoverty.org

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