Group to provide low-cost coats

The leaves have changed, cold weather is upon us and that means breaking out that fleece and winter jacket. But for some people, getting a winter jacket might be an issue.

A group of Castleton State College community members has found a way to help solve that by conducting a yard sale event aimed at keeping students and community members warm this winter, without putting a dent in their wallet.

“Textbooks are expensive, tuition is expensive, the last thing you want to be doing is buying an expensive jacket,” said Castleton business professor Cathy Kozlik.

Coats can cost hundreds of dollars, but coats at the sale being planned will be significantly cheaper, Kozlik said. This sale will give students and community members a chance  to buy winter clothing for cheap yard sale prices, Kozlik said.

Students can also donate somewhat used clothes, hats, gloves and boots to be sold. There will be collection boxes around the school where community can drop off their donated winter items, she said.

The fundraiser idea stemmed from the American Democracy Project in Texas, according to SGA member Erica Bilodeau.

“We are very excited to see this project up and running,” said Bilodeau.

 Colleagues of Kozlik praised the idea aswell.

“Yard sales are something a lot of people like to have. A yard sale is a good way to get students involved and sell clothes to people who need it,” said fellow business professor Angele Brill.               

All of the leftover clothing generated from the yard sale will be donated to a local shelter called the Fair Haven Concerned in nearby Fair Haven.

“There’s always a need,” said a spokesperson for the shelter who praised the effort.

Students are encouraged not just to donate clothes, but to also help with running the event. They can help put up flyers or a Facebook event to advertise the sale. Those who donate can also take an item of their choice, Kozlik said.

“There are students who need it, and there are students who can help,” she said.

 The event will take place before the final football game on Nov. 10 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Hoff Hall. Contact Kozlik for more information.  




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