Creighton finishes SECOND in the nation in 2013!
Hundreds of colleges and universities from every state compete against each other and with schools in their conference for the title of BIG SHIRT ON CAMPUS! and national bragging rights. The school that works with their community to collect the most clothes [total and per student] during Earth Week is declared the winner!
In 2013, Creighton beat its totals for 2012, with 4,862 pounds of clothes (1.17 pounds per student) donated to the Heart Ministry Center. This got us second place in both categories!
In 2012, Creighton finished fourth in both total weight (2,687 pounds) and pounds per student (0.347). More information can be found on the oneShirt webpage.
We thank you for your generosity!
What can I donate? Does it have to be shirts?
Even though this campaign is called the oneShirt campaign, any used clothing is generally accepted by most donation centers, including coats, pants, shoes, suits, etc.
Where are the donations going?
The Heart Ministry Center, located nearby at 2222 Binney Street, will be the recipient of all clothes collected. From their website:
"Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the north Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life's most basic necessities."
This flyer highlights their many activities, including Iva's Clothing Closet, community outreach, and Omaha's Choice Pantry, among others.
Why a clothing drive?
According to SustainU, the organizer of the competition,
Textile recycling is good for the PLANET:
- Reduces landfill waste. Each American throws away 68 pounds of clothing each year, on average. Thatís nearly 21 billion pounds!
- Saves water. Old textiles can be recycled, saving hundreds of gallons per kilo required to grow new cotton.
- Saves gasoline. Polyester is made from petroleum and can be recycled indefinitely.
Textile recycling is good for PEOPLE:
- Supports job training. Re-purposed clothing is often sold to support job training and placement programs.
- Creates job opportunities. Textile recycling companies supply 17,000 jobs nationally and growing!
- A means of affordable clothing. Used clothing is resold around the world at a price many can afford.
- Civic pride. Recycling textiles can bring communities together to do the right thing!