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November 5, 2012

Clothing drive helps families in the community


Clothing driveCollecting donations over the course of several weeks, Cowley College’s KNEA-SP (Kansas National Education Association-Student Program) community clothing drive and exchange was held Saturday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Julie Rhoads, director of education, was in charge of the event and said far more items were collected and distributed to families than last year’s clothing drive.

While the doors did not open until 10 a.m., families began lining up at 7:30 a.m.

“The popularity of this event had families calling before the semester began to inquire about the date for this year's event,” Rhoads said. “The success comes from the collaborative efforts of everyone and we cannot express our gratitude enough.”

 Students working on the project reflected at the end of Saturday's closing. One student stated that while she worked on this project over the last few weeks she thought it was too much work and too much time, until Saturday. The student stated "seeing the people just made me want to cry" as she realized what her efforts were for and met many who appreciated the opportunity to get needed items.

 As the crowd dwindled, students spent the afternoon creating outfits that will be provided to Dress for Success, an organization that works with women on preparing for the workforce and job interviews. The additional leftover items, mostly adult clothing, were boxed and will be taken to other local organizations for distribution in the coming week.

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