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UCO Clothing Drive to Benefit Edmond Nonprofit for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

April 11, 2012

Media Contact:  Tiffany Wilson, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma is asking community members to ditch the landfill by donating their gently used clothing instead – and donors don’t even have to leave their car to do it.

Central’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) has joined the OneShirt Challenge, a national collegiate clothing drive that coincides with Earth Week 2012, to sponsor a weeklong clothing drive April 16-20.

The drive is also a part of activities leading up to the inauguration of the university’s 20th president, Don Betz, Ph.D., to illustrate the university’s commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

“This project benefits environment and the people of our community,” said Brandt Smith, VSLC coordinator.

“Recycling clothing saves environmental resources like water and gasoline, and the donations will benefit the local nonprofit organization Employment and Residential Centers (EARC) for developmentally disabled citizens.”

Donated clothes will be sold at EARC thrift stores in Edmond and Guthrie. EARC provides residential care and training, and employment services to individuals with developmental disabilities. EARC thrift stores often employ adults who are live in the organization’s group homes or those who receive other residential services.

“We need clothing so badly right now,” said Bonnie Wells, EARC executive director.

“We are desperate for donations, and appreciate any donations from the community. Donations keep our organization running.”

Recycling clothing reduces landfill waste, saves water required to grow cotton and saves petroleum, a main ingredient used to make polyester.

Donors may drop off used clothing at the VSLC, located in the Nigh University Center, Room 212.

To save time, donors may call the VSLC at (405) 974-2621 to schedule a curbside pickup from their car outside of the Nigh University Center.

Central’s OneShirt Challenge clothing drive is one of many inaugural activities scheduled April 16-20, reflecting Central’s six tenets of transformative learning – Discipline Knowledge, Leadership, Problem Solving (Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities), Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Global and Cultural Competencies, and Health and Wellness.

Many events, including the Inauguration Ceremony at 2 p.m. April 20 in Hamilton Field House, are free and open to the public. A ticket is required for the ceremony, and ticket holders will be seated on a first-come basis, as space is limited. Tickets can be picked up in-person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the information desk inside the main entrance on the east side of the Nigh University Center.

To learn more about the OneShirt Challenge, visit

For more information about President Betz’s inauguration, including a complete list of events, visit