Based on “The Shed” community clothing project in Henry County, five students at the University of Tennessee at Martin will sponsor the “Skyhawk Shed” community clothing donation event this month in the Boling University Center on the UT Martin main campus.
The project seeks to collect new and gently used clothing and distribute items to those in need in the local area. The group will collect donations from noon-5 p.m., Nov. 19 and 21, in the Boling University Center, and clothing will be distributed free of charge from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 24, in the same location.
Individuals seeking assistance from the “Skyhawk Shed” will be permitted to take the clothing they need, no questions asked. Those who donate clothing will be entered to win raffle prizes after the event.
Lexi Workman, a senior from Dyersburg; Dylan Parks, a sophomore from Cedar Hill; Ethan Bledsoe, a sophomore from Jamestown; Virginia Laflamme, sophomore from Lewisburg; and Caroline Gurton, a freshman from Paris, are organizing the event as part of a service-learning project in their agricultural leadership course, taught by Dr. Will Bird, assistant professor of agricultural education.
“We decided we could use the project as a resource for both students and community members who want or need new clothing, but also those who want to discard of unwanted items in a purposeful way,” said Gurton. “If it’s something that has enough turn-out and participation, we would hope to see this happen again.”
For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7612.