Clothing Drive

May 032005
Authors: Caroline Welch

With the end of every year come finals, teacher evaluations, graduation and often spring-cleaning.

Through Monday, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Jacob's Family Services of Fort Collins can help students figure out what to do with that shirt they never wear or those pants that no longer fit.

The sorority is holding a clothing drive to gather unwanted clothes to donate to Jacob's Family Services, said Kristin Barton, a freshman equine science major and philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Collection boxes are placed at each Greek house and at Summit Hall on campus where Barton lives. Barton said the clothes will be collected until Monday.

Barton said she decided to do the clothing drive after being approached by a group of students working on a service-learning project through the President's Leadership Program (PLP).

"We couldn't hold an event because our calendar is already full, so we decided to do a clothing drive," Barton said.

Sophomore Lindsey Jackson, a graphic design and painting major, is a student in the second year of the President's Leadership Program and was working with a group on the service-learning project with Jacob's Family Services.

According to Jackson, Jacob's Family Services works with the state to place children in foster care.

"They work with all parties involved with the foster children as a 'go between,'" Jackson said. "They just work with the families and the other parties responsible for the children to make sure all of their basic needs are being met and that they are getting the care they need"

The group worked primarily to promote April as National Foster Care Month. Both the group and Jacob's Family Services wanted to include the CSU community, so they called CSU's fraternities and sororities, knowing Greek Life did philanthropy projects, said Jackson. Kappa Kappa Gamma was one of the first houses they called.

"They were really quick to respond," Jackson said. "They just took care of it. It was wonderful how willing they were to help with something that's really needed."

Barton said her sorority really wanted to help, and a clothing drive was a quick and easy way to do it.

"A clothing drive is convenient for people," Barton said. "A lot of our girls have gone home to get clothes and they're really helping a lot."

And Greeks are not the only students with clothes to get rid of. BreAnne Zigich, a freshman business marketing major who lives in Alison Hall, said she goes though her closet at the end of every year.

"I usually find a ton of clothes that I never, ever wear," Zigich said. "I usually come up with two or three trash bags full."

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