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Students To Collect Clothing For Salvation Army

January 31, 2003-- Students from the University of Virginia will be holding a clothing drive from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the U.Va. Bookstore. The theme of the drive is “Clothes from Cupid,” and all clothing collected will benefit the Salvation Army.

On hand to promote the drive, local radio station WUVA 92.7 will be broadcasting live from the main entrance of the Bookstore from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to live music and entertainment, there will be free food and drink for visitors dropping off clothing articles. In addition, every person who donates will be entered in a lottery to win one of many prizes.

“Many members of the Charlottesville community are without adequate clothing, and donations are more necessary than ever during the cold winter months,” said Laurie Casteen, assistant director of orientation and new programs at U.Va. “The ‘Clothes from Cupid’ drive welcomes all types of clothing, outerwear, hats, gloves and shoes. Size and style do not matter, just the act of giving.”

Students organizing and sponsoring the event include members of the Transfer Student Peer Advisor Program, the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program and the Peer Advising Family Network. Casteen said the clothing drive is the culmination of months of collaborative work by these students who serve as volunteer mentors to new students at U.Va.

The U.Va. Bookstore is located on Emmet Street, and a free half-hour of parking is available for donors in the parking garage directly below the store.

For more information, contact Laurie Casteen at 982-4540 or by e-mail at lcasteen@virginia.edu.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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