The North Dakota State Sigma Alpha Sorority and Delta Upsilon Fraternity hosted the “Clean Out Your Closets” clothes drive on Nov. 17 – 21.
The clothes were donated to Churches United for the Homeless, on 1901 First Ave. N., Moorhead, Minn.
“It was brought to our attention that there is a serious need for winter clothing among the less fortunate members of our community,” said Delta Upsilon Vice President of External Relations John Bickler. “With winter coming, we thought it was an excellent time of year to have the event.”
Churches United for the Homeless was put together by local churches in 1987. Its mission is to provide “shelter and support in a spiritual setting.”
The Churches United for the Homeless website lists three main tenets: one, to provide temporary emergency shelter for homeless people; two, to support residents, such as job service, mental health service or programs like Alcoholics Anonymous; and three, to offer spiritual ministry and emotional affirmation.
“It is set up in a small ‘store-like’ facility in the basement of Churches United for the Homeless,” said Sigma Alpha Vice President Cassie Hillen, “where those in need can go to get clothes and other things they may need, free of charge.”
Collection bins were located in the Student Activities Office and throughout campus. Several printer boxes and about five garbage bags of clothing were collected. Most of the donations were adult clothing.
“We were hoping to get more cold weather gear,” said Hillen. “But there was a mix of summer and winter.”
NDSU Greek life students host many charity events throughout the year. In spring 2014, NDSU Greek life students donated 15,141 hours to charity.
“We hope to make (“Clean Out Your Closets”) an annual event, but I’m uncertain as of yet if that will be an option,” said Bickler. “If we were to do it again, I would like to be able to advertise over a longer period of time to a wider audience and open it up to more members of the community.”