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July 28, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Under all

Sandy grit in the seat? No amount of squirming stops that yucky feeling.

But what if there was no option?

two teenagers. Volunteers for Undies for Everyone (Source: Twitter)

Nothing more basic than the basics. Ask volunteers like these.(Instagram.Undies for Everyone)

While many kids are shopping for school uniforms, supplies, backpacks, and new shoes, some children would be happy to just have clean underwear.

Luckily there’s an established organization (7 years) that wants to make sure every child has that brand new school year feel under it all with new underwear.

The group Undies for Everyone started locally, but has answered the call from victims of multiple hurricanes, displaced residents of the California wild fires, and needly school children in more and more locations.

Take a minute and think about it.

As they say: “Everyone deserved the basic dignity of clean underwear”

Poverty crosses all lines of race, creed, and color. 

Houston, considered a high-poverty area, so it isn’t a real surprise that 87 percent of HISDS students were qualified for federal free meals programs last year.

During the 2018-19 school year, “All HISD students were given free breakfast, lunch and dinner”

This year the need not only still exists, but will be even greater

The Houston area has 6 immigrant children shelters operated by the private contractors Catholic Charities and Southwest Key (So far – with more locations being scouted. 37 already in Texas last month. This is where the kids go once “processed” and out of Border Patrol custody.)

Unaccompanied minors are also being released to family members, sponsors, or foster homes when possible.

All of these children will be enrolled in local area schools as all students, regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free education.

This is a massive concern nationwide: as over 300,000 immigrant children are expected to be enrolled in schools across the country this fall.

dog being rescued on back of horse during flood (Twitter feed: Undies for Everyone)

Little things do count.(Instagram)

The donation drives for backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, uniforms, and school supplies for needy kids are already in progress here and may be starting up in your area, too.

How about getting organized to have ziplocks of Superhero or Princess undies along with the free school stuff?

Amy can help you get started in your area. (She’s a super hero to many here. She also has some funny stories – like the time a company donated a ton of undies, only the little girls weeped over the camo and Duck Dynasty prints when they wanted Frozen, Princesses, or pink. Nice thought, but lessons learned.)

Socks and underwear. Make a difference.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Poster for charity. (Twitter feed. Undies for Everyone)



  1. shoreacres / Jul 28 2019 3:24 pm

    How many other people were raised by mothers who said, “Be sure you have on clean underwear that’s not torn when you leave the house. You never know when you might end up in the hospital, and you wouldn’t want to be embarassed.”

    Of course, this is a great, feel-good project, but there are other questions to be addressed, such as how to keep all that nice, new underwear in good condition. Every now and then I remember how it seemed the heavens had opened and the angels had arrived when the Tide Corporation brought their mobile laundries here after Ike. Doing laundry seems like such a pedestrian task, but there are times when it’s really quite complicated.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2019 3:37 pm

      That must be in the mom manual. (Although ER rooms say they are too busy to notice and it all gets cut off anyway. But traditions hang in there!
      Anyone who’s been without power/through a hurricane understand why I always wash every single even slightly dirty piece of clothing before the storm hits. Tide corp. knows – clean underwear makes you feel like a human again.
      Thanks for adding that top this pile

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    • shoreacres / Jul 28 2019 3:38 pm

      I just went looking, since my only social media engagement’s on Twitter. Their handle there is
      @ Undies 4 Everyone (no spaces). If you can’t remember that and try searching with, for example, undiesforall, you’ll get taken to a different group that collects undies for homeless women.

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  2. Jane Dougherty / Jul 29 2019 2:14 am

    Sounds like a great initiative!


  3. Ally Bean / Jul 29 2019 6:49 am

    Last fall an enterprising neighbor girl, about 12 y.o., took on this issue. She left a letter in our mailbox about this situation which bothered her to no end. She asked us all to buy some socks or undies, then she came around to pick them up on a Sunday afternoon. Of course, I immediately went to Kohl’s with my Kohl’s cash and bought lots of the items in need. But if it weren’t for this neighbor girl I’d never have known about this problem.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 29 2019 6:55 am

      It’s so under all that nobody realizes. What a great kid you neighbor is. Nice she’s motivated to fix a problem and actually come up with solutions.
      I think the need is greater than ever now and as usual the little ones suffer silently. Teachers, school staff and kids are so much more in tune with communities. Great idea. If everyone did a little, it would make a bigdifference – right where they live. Thanks so much for adding that possibility.

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Jul 29 2019 7:34 am

    Locally the churches do a lot of this sort of stuff but you are right. If no one talks about it, you don’t know. A (very wealthy) friend and her husband took a 3 week trip to Italy. All their luggage was lost. All her husband talked about when he came home was the very weird, very tight underwear that Italians wear. (Not even a mention of the wine or pasta!) Underwear is important.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2019 5:35 pm

      UGH! Having lived without luggage for a few days, too, I now always carry extra in pocket or something very close to me. How these tour guides can gleefully encourage people to carry litter and “just wash when you need..” Bah. That’s so not fun. If and when, I’m counting the days of the trip – and including extra underwear. Not gonna spend what little trip money I manage to have for food or stuff on underwear if I can help it.
      But your friends came home with a unique story

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  5. Curt Mekemson / Jul 29 2019 4:41 pm

    Good post. An issue I hadn’t thought about. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 30 2019 5:30 pm

      Campers and travelers can usually identify. Adults I have very little sympathy for, but kids – feed them 3 meals a day at schools (but make sure the parents/adults in households are not using kids to get things/subsidies the kids don’t ever see or eat) and somehow give kids what they need to feel “normal” – it’s a long road ahead for many of them. Schools are the logical place for groups to supply help. Thanks for Packing in a comment here

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