Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

It started with pressure from a faculty member’s spouse who wanted to clear out some closet space at home.

And when all was said and done, Thomas Nelson Community College had gathered enough warm clothing to donate to 64 people in need…and have enough leftover clothes to take to the local Goodwill.

TNCC’s Care Team organized a one-day clothes closet on its Hampton Campus on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Emails had been sent to all students and staff prior to the event.

When the time came to actually set up, volunteers had just one day to set up the giveaway in an administration building meeting room. Students, faculty and staff organized the clothing and manned the pop-up center from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Betsy Harrison, TNCC’s dean of student services and chair of the Care Team, said, “I am not sure who appreciated the event more, the individuals who donated the items or the individuals who needed them.”

Harrison added the same question was repeated all day: “When are we going to do this again?”

Read more about TNCC’s pop-up clothes closet here.'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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