Running Bare Because We Care

I have begun to sift through my closet to donate clothes I hardly wear. With each shirt I take off a hanger, I remember the last time I wore it. It becomes a challenge to try to part with clothing. Each article of clothing comes along with a memory. I wore this shirt at a concert, that shirt at a birthday party, and another shirt when I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin. Each shirt has been in my closet for more than a year and has only been worn a few times. Though my closet overflows with clothes, I know there are many other people who don’t have any.

The NEARLY Naked Mile is this Saturday, March 5—the perfect time to donate clothes to less fortunate people in the Iowa City community. Check-in starts at 2 p.m., and the race begins at 3 p.m. in Hubbard Park. The Salvation Army will be there to take donations. In past years, we have donated hundreds of pounds of clothing! The race is a mile around the campus, and students and community members can either run or walk to the finish line.

Students in past years have come to the event with many crazy costumes. There has been a group of Power Rangers, a bear costume, a banana, many Speedos, a man wearing nude-colored tights (which was kind of a scary sight), and many other wacky outfits. I am very excited and nervous to see what students think of this year! This will be my first year to run the race, so I will have to think of something creative to wear. I thought about wearing my tennis shoes, running shorts, and a shirt, but that might not be bare enough.

Come join us in the third annual NEARLY Naked Mile to promote homelessness awareness in the Iowa City community. Clean out your closets and donate to a great cause!

Christin Meyer
Vice President of Communications
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.)

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One Comment

  1. Norman Lyzenga
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    What a great idea. Hope it was successful.
    We have 2 rules at our house. One, if you haven’t worn it in six months or it does not fit, it goes to LOVE Inc. If you buy a new piece of clothes, a similar number go to LOVE Inc.

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