As the temperature continues to drop, the need for winter clothing continues to grow. The Office of Student Life at OSU Institute of Technology has organized a Winter Clothing Drive from Jan. 22 through Feb. 8 to benefit the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter.
“Winter is a time of year that can stretch the resources of charitable organizations even further,” said Audrie Brennan, Student Life activities coordinator. “We wanted to help ease the struggles of the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter as they work diligently to provide urgent help to men, women and children who are less fortunate.”
Donations are being accepted at receptacles located in Covelle Hall, the Noble Center, Student Union and the Library. Items most in need include: coats, light jackets/windbreakers, raincoats, gloves, hats, ear muffs, warmer shoes, socks/undergarments and blankets.
“The support of the community is outstanding to assist homeless individuals and families, as well as community members in need by hosting various donation events,” said Brenda Brewer, executive director at the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter. “Clients have access to clean clothes, laundry detergent, hygiene products, shoes or other items needed due to the donations. The shelter would not be able to provide all the necessary items to these clients.”
Brennan said that Okmulgee County has one of the lowest per capita income rates in the state. And while the shelter benefits as a Tulsa Area United Way agency, it relies on local businesses and personal donations for the largest share of its budget.
“It’s important for us to give back and to connect with organizations working to serve the needs of our community,” said Kamie Rash, director of Student Life. “This event was a wonderful success last year, I believe we had over 40 articles of clothing donated. We are hoping for generous donations again this year.”
Brewer encourages students, faculty and staff to donate to this cause. “The homeless shelter helps people just like you that have fallen on hard times or other circumstances. Donating makes a difference in their lives.”
For more information about donating, contact Audrie Brennan at 918-293-5361 or Audrie.firstname.lastname@example.org.