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Staff Council Sock & blanket drive to help Houston’s homeless

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The University of Houston Staff Council is, again, sponsoring its annual Sock and Blanket Drive benefiting the Star of Hope and the Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program. The drive will run through Nov. 30.

The Staff Council is collecting new socks and underwear and new and clean blankets, towels, sheets, coats, sweaters, warm clothing, children’s and baby’s clothing, professional attire, over-the-counter medications and other items at collection sites around the campus.

The Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program requests new items, as they will be given as holiday presents. Star of Hope requests that the items be clean.


  • Cullen College of Engineering
  • College of Architecture
  • University Center Satellite
  • UH Science Center
  • College of Technology
  • Agnes Arnold Hall
  • UH Child Care Center
  • E. Cullen
  • Health Center
  • Hilton University of Houston Hotel
  • Welcome Center
  • General Service Building
  • Schlumberger
  • Roy Cullen Building
  • McElhinney Hall
  • Religious Center
  • Oberholtzer Hall

The Star of Hope has been serving Houston’s homeless since 1907.

The organization provides food, clothing, shelter and other services to men, women and children through emergency shelters, transitional living centers and out-on-the-street distributions.

The Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program serves as legal guardians for 1,300 adults, ages 18 to 105. The program is seeking new socks, underwear, ( all sizes from XS to XXXL), unisex clothing, such as sweat suits, makeup, cologne and perfume, stuffed animals, hairstyling products, adult diapers, blankets, comforters and other items.


  • All Purpose Wipes
  • Bathing Towels
  • Batteries
  • Books in large print
  • Cleaning Products (such mops, brooms, cleanser (Purex, dishwasher liquids) and sponges
  • Clothing (such as shirts, pants, dresses, blouses)
  • Cotton Blankets
  • Depend Diapers (largest size possible)
  • Disinfectant Spray Dish Towels
  • Ergonomic Can Openers
  • Fans
  • Foot Rests
  • Games for the Elderly
  • Gloves Grippers
  • Heaters
  • Hygiene Products (such as soaps, underarm deodorants, toothpaste, denture products, combs, brushes, lotions, shampoo, aftershave lotion)
  • Lamps (lights come on by touch only)
  • Light Bulbs
  • Linens
  • Magnifying Glasses
  • Oversized pillows with armrests
  • Pajamas/Gowns
  • Pill Box
  • Pillows
  • Radios
  • Reading Glasses (with magnifying lens)
  • Sheets
  • Slippers
  • Socks that have wider bands at the top
  • Telephones with large numbers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags
  • Underwear (male and female) (larger sizes)
  • Zip Up Plastic Bed Liners (Mattress Protectors)


  • Clothing
  • Coats/Sweaters/Gloves
  • Socks
  • Blankets/Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Unopened over-the-counter medicine
  • Unused soap, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Baby formula
  • Food
  • Furniture
  • Diapers
  • Dishes/Cups (all kinds)
  • Eating Utensils (all kinds)
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Pots & Pans
  • Unused household cleaning products
  • Alarm clocks
  • Duffel bags, backpacks, totes and purses