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Danielle Marco (Photo: Diana Guevarra/The Daily Aztec) Danielle Marco (Photo: Diana Guevarra/The Daily Aztec)
 


SDSU Student’s Nonprofit Sends Aid to Houston

One SDSU student is collecting donations of new pairs of socks for Hurricane Harvey victims.
By Diana Guevarra, The Daily Aztec
 

Following the recent devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, local efforts have been aimed toward aiding the nation’s fourth-largest city.

To help aid in Houston’s recovery, San Diego State University nutritional science graduate student Danielle Marco and her nonprofit organization, Sox in a Box, are collecting donations of new pairs of socks for the recent flood victims.

“Some people think socks aren’t a big deal, but when you have nothing else and you have no shoes, any foot protection helps,” Marco said.

Marco had a vision of reaching out to those less fortunate globally. At the age of 11, she established her foot-focused charity.

After six years, the organization has expanded, enlisting more than 50 regular volunteers that return yearly to help send socks to those who need them, Marco said.

“We’ve sent socks as far away as Afghanistan and Australia,” said Marco. “Mexico has been big for us since Tijuana is so close.”

In the past, Sox in a Box has donated to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy victims. The charity continues to push its efforts to reach out to people affected by natural disasters and those in poverty-stricken countries.

After reaching out to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Marco was notified that more than 30,000 new pairs of socks were needed. She has made it the organization’s goal to collect 10,000 of those for Houston.

“People in Houston are walking around in the water all day,” Marco said. “They need dry socks at the end of the day.”

For more information about Sox in a Box or to find out how you can donate, please visit soxinabox.org.

This article originally appeared in The Daily Aztec.