United Supermarkets — thanks to customers who purchased Rainier Fruit pears and apples — donated 1,000 pairs of new socks to the Salvation Army of Lubbock.

As part of a program called "Pears for Pairs," a portion of the proceeds from Rainier Fruit sales throughout the fall was earmarked toward organizations that help the homeless.

“For some, a new pair of socks can make a world of difference,” said Joseph Bunting, produce business director for The United Family, in a news release. “That’s why we are so grateful to once again partner with Rainer Fruits to do this program. We are also thankful to our guests for participating and helping us raise the funds for the socks.”

The United Family participates in this program throughout Texas, with 5,000 pairs of socks total being donated this year and more than 20,000 pairs over the four years The United Family has been participating. Besides the Salvation Army of Lubbock, the following organizations benefitted from The United Family's participation:

  • Salvation Army of Amarillo
  • Salvation Army of Midland/Salvation Army of Odessa
  • Salvation Army of Abilene
  • Faith Mission of Wichita Falls

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