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Clothing for the Community

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

October 2, 2006

Clothing for the Community

Beth Maxie Dillon ’99, CU’s former recycling coordinator, orchestrated a student clothing and furniture drive in the spring and was looking for someone in need of the donations. When CU’s Dr. Jim Phipps ’68 and Cathy Hallam learned of Beth’s dilemma, they knew they had a winning solution.

Jim and Cathy are advisory board members for the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Greene County. CAP helps the county’s underprivileged in a variety of ways, including free clothing and household supplies. So, it seemed like the perfect solution to donate CU’s 270 bags of clothing, as well as microwaves and other houseware items, to the partnership.

The appliances and housewares were quickly placed in CAP’s Harding Place Transitional Housing Program and with families in CAP case management. In August, CAP used CU’s clothes, as well as other donations from the community, to hold a Free Back to School Clothing Giveaway for the underprivileged.

“The part that’s wonderful for me is that these donated items allow people to use their money for their rent. It’s a beautiful thing when we as a community can provide for others,” said CAP’s Gale Hutchinson.

Special thanks go to Steve and Gene Reese, who offered the use of their trailer for several weeks for CU’s clothes and furniture drive and then delivered the items to CAP.