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Clothing Giveaway Doubled as a Lesson of What to Wear

Dec 10, 2013

The Indianapolis Campus teamed up with the Church of the First Born Saints to host a women’s clothing giveaway on campus on Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th. The event provided the students and community an opportunity to peruse through hundreds of brand new business casual clothing items including coats, suit jackets, skirts, sweaters, tops, and pants. Career center director Brooke Richardson was contacted by missionary Tanya Odom with the Church of the First Born Saints (CFBS) due to a referral from a current student of American National University and member of the church. The church had the clothing donated to them and were looking for a way to distribute the clothing to the community and those in need. American National University was excited to help out with the event. “This was a great opportunity to provide for not only the community, but also our students in need,” said Brooke.  “Since the clothing was business casual, I was also able to show students how to properly dress for an interview using mannequins donated by local retail stores.”  In order to prepare for the event, Brooke, along with the help of the admissions staff, contacted local stores to see if they would be willing to donate items to aid with the distribution. The calls resulted in the collection of hangers from Kohl’s, Meijer, and Old Navy; mannequins from Macy’s and Wet Seal; and clothing racks from Indy Store Fixtures.

The event attracted more than 200 guests as well as media attention. “I am so very pleased with the response from the community during the clothing giveaway,” said Tanya.  “Partnering with American National University was a great experience. Volunteers from the school and church alike worked very hard helping to setup and distribute the clothing. CFBS is always looking to reach out to the community at large and make a difference in people’s lives. This was truly a labor of love.”  Student Janai Stewart said, “I really enjoyed the event and it seemed to put a lot of smiles on people’s faces. I was able to get quality clothing for job interviews, as well as clothing used every day.”

Due to its success, the event may become an annual one.

A-Some of the clothing along with a professionally dressed mannequin.

B- Guests perusing the clothing available.