ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2006) -- The African Studies Association is putting on a winter clothing drive for international students and their families at Ohio University. Clothing collection began Friday, Nov. 3, and will end Sunday, Nov. 19, at sites including all residence halls and local churches. The clothing collected will be distributed from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the Baker University Center Alumni Lounge.
The African Studies Association was inspired to hold the drive when it realized many international students and families from Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America were not prepared for the cold Ohio weather. Volunteers from the Japanese Student Union, Latino Student Union, Southeast Asian Studies Association and the African Student Union have helped with the drive, and Ed Newman, the refuse and recycling manager at Ohio University, has helped coordinate collection sites in the university's 41 residence halls.
"We figured we had better get it (the drive) done before the end of the quarter," African Studies Association President Christina Hagenbaugh said. "By the time winter quarter rolls around, everybody is going to have to spend money (for winter clothes)."
The ASA also is seeking volunteers from across campus to help distribute and collect boxes and to sort clothing, she said. "We're just trying to help people out if we can so they have one less thing to worry about," she said.
To volunteer, e-mail Hagenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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