Make a difference one sweater at a time with clothes drive

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BYU’s School of Social Work will sponsor a gently used clothing drive March 3–21 to help the 13.6% of Utah County that lives below the poverty line.

Allie Taylor, the project supervisor for the clothing drive, saw the community need and wants to get as many students as possible to donate.

“I plead with you to spend a few extra minutes in your closets and dressers,” Taylor said. “Find those gently used clothes that you don’t wear anymore, and donate them to those who can really use them to improve their life situation.”

Service is at the very heart of BYU’s Master of Social Work program. Its main objective is:

to support the overall mission of BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within their environment and the context of their specific cultures.

Carron Zullo, a first-year student, chose the Master’s of Social Work program because of her love for serving others.

“As a member of the Church, we have been asked to develop the pure love of Christ,” Zullo said. “The Master’s of Social Work program here at BYU is a great place to start; it helps me think less about myself and more about others.”

When asked if Zullo would be participating in the clothing drive in a few weeks, she responded affirmatively.

The most needed clothing items are men’s clothes and interview-appropriate attire. The School of Social Work encourages that only gently used items be donated and, if possible, to try to donate a wide array of styles, sizes, colors, fabrics etc.

These clothes will be going to neighborhood organizations, mental health residential agencies and a variety of other branches in the community.

Collection boxes will be located at the Macey’s grocery store located on 1400 N. State Street in Provo and can be given directly to any School of Social Work student. Individuals may also email to arrange for their clothing to be picked up.

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