TKEs hold clothing drive
February 18, 2008 —
Tau Kappa Epsilon helped out the Salvation Army by holding a clothing drive, which may become an annual event, outside the RFoC at the end of January.
"We had a table set up, promoted all across campus, letting people know," Jesse Martinez, TKE's philanthropy/community service chair, said.
According to Martinez, TKE collected lots of clothes and hopefully this drive will become an annual event.
"We got 15 big old trash bags full of clothing and four big old stock boxes I got from my work," Martinez said. "I thought it was pretty good for the first time doing it."
Donations ranged from old to new and included items such as shoes, jeans, and sweatshirts.
"Some people actually gave us some of their old clothes from well known stores like Abercrombie and American Eagle," Martinez said.
Fraternities and sororities across campus have various service projects throughout the school year. Martinez said that the winter season was what influenced their choice to help the Salvation Army.
"Figured a cold winter, Salvation Army are always looking for people to donate," Martinez said. "We thought let's give back to people who don't have the same opportunities we do. We have the time to go get clothes, some people are less fortunate. I'm hoping to make it an annual event in the wintertime, because that is usually when people are usually cold and don't have the opportunity t have gloves, sweatshirts, t-shirts."
Holding the clothing drive wasn't as simple as get on-campus approval, TKE had to get the Salvation Army's approval first.
"The main district location in located in Flint, we had to go through them to get permission to put this together," Martinez said. "All we had to do was make a flyer to show them what we were doing, when we were doing it and we just had to fax it to Flint and they said we can do whatever we want."
Martinez said that TKE probably won't do another clothing drive until next year and he hopes that it could spread further out in the feature.
"Hopefully next year will become even bigger," Martinez said. "Maybe we'll even spread out to the community."