Aside from potty training or laundry, when’s the last time you thought or talked about the basic necessity of underwear? It’s not necessarily your average dinner table conversation, but did you know 55% of kids living in poverty or crisis don’t have access to new underwear? Which often leads to the ripple effect of wearing hand-me-downs or nothing at all, to skipping school because of the embarrassment.
In response to this sad reality, Rabbi Amy Weiss discovered and founded Undies for Everyone. Currently, they are hosting their first ever Arts for Undies Raffle, a special collaboration between the Houston arts and attractions community. In exchange for a raffle entry, you are entered into a drawing for tickets to a local performance or attraction of your choice!
For every $25 you donate to Undies for Everyone, you’ll receive one raffle entry. $25 = 1 entry, $50 = two entries, and so on. You can then select the raffle(s) for whichever performance or attraction you’d like to attend.
Just want to help cover kids in crisis all over the country? Bypass the raffle and donate to Undies’ End of Year Fundraising Campaign.
Undies will be announcing multiple winners to different shows every week on their social media! All donations go toward buying new, clean undies for underprivileged children in crisis all over the United States.
Houston Grand Opera’s The Snowy Day
Show Date: Saturday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Two Winners Announced: December 16, 2021
Winners will receive 4 tickets each to be picked up at Will Call
Alley Theatre’s A Christmas Carol
Show Date: Tuesday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m.
One Winner Announced: December 21, 2021
Winner will receive 4 tickets to be picked up at Will Call
Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría
Show Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
One Winner Announced: December 23, 2021
Winner will receive 2 tickets, received via email
Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights
Tickets may be used any day until January 2, 2022
One Winner Announced: December 28, 2021
Winner will receive 4 tickets, received via email
Houston Botanic Garden
Tickets may be used any day until the end of 2022.
One Winner Announced: December 30, 2021
Winner will receive 4 tickets, mailed to their home
HOW TO ENTER
It’s easy! Visit undiesforeveryone.org/raffle, donate at least $25, then select which raffle you’d like to enter! Undies will announce the winners on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.
ABOUT UNDIES FOR EVERYONE
One social worker’s observation started the Undies for Everyone (UFE) revolution. She said that children in need do not have new underwear. Rabbi Amy Weiss highlighted the issue in a Houston Chronicle blog post (2008), and the rest is history. Undies for Everyone became a registered nonprofit in 2012, when 9,000 pairs were delivered to Houston’s school district headquarters.
Today, UFE is serving children in 15 cities across nine states. Five staff members work hard every day solidifying partnerships with federally mandated school district homeless departments, Child Protective Services and, where available, food banks’ children’s programs and children’s hospitals’ pediatric mobile units. In 2021, over 100,000 students across the United States are each receiving seven pairs of undies.