United Supermarkets Donates 1,000 Pairs of Socks to the Salvation Army Through Pears for Pairs

Odessa, Texas/March 3, 2023-On Wednesday, March 1st United Supermarkets donated one thousand pairs of socks to the Salvation Army, through the “Pears for Pairs” campaign. 

The United Family has helped make this donation in the Permian Basin for 4 years. 

(Ricky Holman, Produce Regional Supervisor-Midland/Odessa/Eastern New Mexico-United Family/United Supermarkets) 

During the fall months in 2022 a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of Rainier Fruits pears and apples went towards the purchase of brand news socks for the homeless community. 

(Luis Melendez, Commanding Officer-Salvation Army-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

Throughout the four years, guests have participated in helping raise funds for socks. The United Family and Rainier Fruit are able to donate a total of 5, 000 socks to charitable organizations across the state of Texas. 

(Luis Melendez, Commanding Officer-Salvation Army-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 




Odessa, Texas/March 16, 2021-The UT System Board of Regents approved the creation of a new $300 million dollar endowment to reduce the cost of higher education for undergraduate students and their families of seven UT academic institutions, that includes UTPB. The UT System, leaders and faculty of UTPB joined with elected officials and community leaders and students to hear details of the Promise Plus program.  

(Kevin Eltife, Chairman of the Board/UT Board of Regents) 

This $300 million dollar endowment is an important investment in the expansion of educational opportunities by making it possible for more students to earn a degree at a low cost. 

(D.B. Milliken, Chancellor/Univeristy of Texas System ) 

The new Falcon Free program can raise its family income threshold to $100,000 and make it possible for 700 additional students to have their entire tuition covered. 

(Sandra Woodley, President-University of Texas of the Permian Basin) 

The Ballet Folklorico, the Mariachis and the dance group of the University of Texas performed during the announcement of the Falcon Free Program. Brandon Lippert, a student at UTPB will be benefiting from the Promise program. 

(Brandon Lippert, Student/Student Body Vice-President/Drum Major-UTPB Marching Band) 

For more information on the Falcon Free progaram visit the UTPB website.  

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.