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Infant and toddler clothing needed for local Haiti clothing drive

March 26, 2010

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Organizers of a Montana State University-based drive to collect T-shirts for Haiti are seeking donations of clean infant and small toddler clothing to send to Haitians affected by a recent devastating earthquake.

Donations of infant and small children's clothing can be dropped off in the ASMSU office, next to the Ask Us Desk on the first floor of the Strand Union Building.

Jill Davis, MSU English instructor and organizer of the drive, said that the MSU "Shirt off Our Backs" drive netted 5,000 donated T-shirts that will be sent to Haitians in need of help following the recent earthquake, which she called "the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history."

"We have packed over 25 HUGE boxes, each holding 210-220 clean and folded T-shirts in preparation for shipping," Davis said. "Thank you to all Bozemanites and members of the MSU community who jumped on board and donated new and lightly used T-shirts. It became evident to the students and I as each shirt was folded and packed that great care had been given in selection of donated items."

Davis said the drive was the idea of students in her English writing 101 class. Kiley Martin and Teresa Snyder, the outgoing president of ASMSU, also helped spearhead the effort. The shirts collected at MSU and Bozeman will be sent to the Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanages and neo-natal wards in Port-au-Prince and St. Damien. The MSU/Bozeman T-shirts will first be shipped to the Friends of the Orphans Warehouse in Miami, Fla, and then will be shipped by air to Haiti.

Davis said despite donations of services by several local companies, more than $1,000 will be needed to ship the shirt. Students are currently attempting to raise the money, she said. Those who would like to help with costs are asked to contact Teresa Snyder, outgoing ASMSU president, at 994-2933 or Davis at 994-4513.

Jill Davis (406) 994-4513,