Students in the Tennessee Tech University Service Center are engaging in a battle of the sexes to benefit two charities.
A team of three women is competing against three men to see which can collect more donations. The women are collecting coats around campus to donate to One Warm Coat, in a partnership with the Cookeville Housing Authority and several other organizations.
The men’s team is collecting shoes for Soles for Souls, a Nashville-based charity that distributes shoes to people in need across the world. The organization concentrates on developing countries where many people risk catching diseases because they are barefoot. Shoes that cannot be worn are ground up to be used in the manufacture of playground equipment in American inner cities.
“We all help organize the service projects on campus and help other students find projects they are interested in,” said junior Amanda Abbott, who is one of the competition organizers. “We did a coat collection last year so this is a continuation of that.”
The women will be collecting coats until Oct. 24. Coats and jackets can be dropped off outside the Service Center at Roaden University Center room 108, in the lobby of New Hall South and in the Child Development Lab in Matthews-Daniel Hall. The coats will be cleaned and distributed on Oct. 27 to people in need in the area.
The men will collect shoes from Oct. 22 to Nov. 11. Collection bins will be set up in the same places as the women’s.
The team that collects the most items will win a video game pizza party and bragging rights in the Service Center.
“Working in the Service Center has definitely opened my eyes to the different volunteer organizations and volunteer needs in our community,” said Abbot, an exercise science, physical education and wellness major. “This is just a fun way for us to do something meaningful and have fun at the same time.”