Iowa Central students show spirit of giving

Share What You Wear is Saturday

The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority.

For some students, that may be true.

It’s certainly not the case, however, for the Iowa Central Community College students who work hard to orchestrate a service project called Share What You Wear. Their commitment to this charitable undertaking illustrates that finding time to help make the world just outside the academic halls a better place is very much a priority for many young folks.

On Saturday, Iowa Central students expect to welcome several hundred area residents to the annual Share What You Wear event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Career Education Building. This undertaking has a quite serious purpose: to allow people in need to obtain clothes, bedding, towels, baby items, travel size toiletries, school supplies, household items and toys for free. People in need of those items can go to the Career Education Building, where they will find lots of tables covered with available supplies.

Volunteers will wrap items that are destined to become gifts.

The college’s dental hygiene program will give out free toothbrushes and toothpaste.

A free breakfast and lunch will be served.

Donations to Share What You Wear will be accepted from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the west side of the Career Education Building. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday at the same location.

Since it takes lots of people to make the effort run smoothly. volunteer help is being accepted. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jenny Shivers at shivers@iowacentral.edu or (515) 574-1252.

The project began in 2004 as joint effort of the Iowa Central Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. It has grown to involve the entire campus community of students, faculty and staff.

The college years are filled with exciting opportunities to explore many fields of knowledge. That so many Iowa Central students also see this as a time to be giving members of the larger community is impressive evidence that our area’s young adults most definitely have their priorities in very good order.


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