The University of Southern Mississippi’s operations on the
Gulf Coast are open for business after several weeks of clean up
and relocation. Over 125 colleagues involved in this effort lost
most or all of their possessions, and no longer have clothes that
are suitable for a professional work environment. The Faculty Senate,
Staff Council and the Division of Student Affairs are working together
to solve this problem.
We are aware that many of you also suffered losses,
so, for those who are able, you are being asked to donate clothing
items that are suitable for a professional/casual work environment.
If you are able to donate 2 or 3 new or good quality used clothing
items, please deliver these items to the Information Desk located
on the west side of the Union lobby. For convenience, you may drive
up to the east side of the Union (between Union and stadium) between
8 a.m. and 5 p.m., park, and deliver your donation. Your donations
will be accepted Monday – Thursday of next week, September
26-29. Delivery to the gulf coast campus will take place on Friday,
September 30. Please note that this clothing drive is being promoted
only among our campus community members.
Because irons, washing machines, and dry-cleaning
businesses may not be readily available, it is suggested that in
addition to business work clothes, more practical business/casual
items be donated. This will provide an opportunity to select items
suitable for their job responsibilities.
The goal is to present your donations in an organized,
professional manner designed to uplift individuals. Please use the
following format to deliver items.
• Good quality used items should be clean
• Clothing should be neatly folded or placed
• Sizes should be easy to identify (many times
there are no sizes in men’s dress pants)
• New socks and underwear
• Shoes, purses, belts, and ties
• All donated items should be delivered in sturdy
boxes (not plastic bags). Please place hangers in the box for dresses,
blouses, jackets, pants, and men’s shirts. Polo shirts should
be folded. Items such as shoes, purses, and belts should be in a
box separate from clothing. On the outside of the box, please indicate
the contents and size of the items inside.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the sorting
and display of items, please contact Barbara Ross at 266-4396. Thank
you for helping to make this a successful endeavor.