SouthernTech collects 2,000 items of clothing for Community Youth Services

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Agents at SouthernTech’s SkillsUSA campus worked on a community project with Community Youth Services of Southern Oklahoma (CYS) to help boys and girls ages 0-18 with the items they need. SkillsUSA reached out to CYS to ask them what items they needed the most. They said they are currently only housing boys and are running out of boys’ clothes. From there, all of SouthernTech’s programs and student organizations, including SkillsUSA, HOSA, and BPA, worked together to create a clothing drive for the boys at the shelter.

All students were encouraged to participate. Student organizations made an announcement to let everyone know about the campaign. The announcements were made by all call systems that go to all classes on campus. The campaign took place in early February and continued until mid-March. A graphic design student put together the details and information to create a flyer. Campus officers gave each class flyers and a box to store donations to each class. All items were collected and delivered to the Southern Oklahoma Community Services Youth Shelter in March.

The goal was to collect at least 400 garments by March 11, but SouthernTech’s student body went above and beyond and collected more than 2,000 items. Each class exceeded expectations and many items of clothing were donated. The robotics class even shared their talent by creating and printing toys and games to add to the donations. The medical assistance class and diesel mechanics donated the most items and won a popcorn party.

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