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Clothing drive aims to break world record


Donate old clothing and help break a world record by visiting Delanie's Coffee 1737 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203 on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Bring all used clothing items for donation or recycle from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All donors bringing at least one bag of clothing will receive a voucher for a future free coffee. Clothing can be in any condition, no accessories, shoes, or undergarments.

The University of Pittsburgh is striving to make history through the "Give a Thread" campaign to break the Guinness World Record for most clothing collected for the intent of donation or recycle. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire Pittsburgh community is being asked to "give a thread" for sustainability, as they intend to keep all unused items out of landfills through the donation and recycling of clothing.

The goal is 150,000 large articles of clothing (shirts, coats, pants, shorts, jackets, suits, dresses, etc.)

Donations are accepted for any clothing in any condition. Stained, torn or un-usable clothing will be recycled by Goodwill of Southwestern PA, and all gently used articles will be distributed for use of their partners. Current partners include Dress for Success Pittsburgh, Goodwill of SWPA, the Career Development and Placement Assistance office at the University of Pittsburgh.

Additionally, clothing will be utilized to create inventory for a new student created and operated thrift store on the University campus.

The world record attempt will take place March 4 with the final collection of clothing, counting and sorting taking place in the William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh. Students, University officials and community partners are encouraged to attend as they share with the world the amount of collected clothing.

To learn more about the Give a Thread campaign and ways to be involved, contact Erika Ninos, sustainability program coordinator, Office of PittServes at or 412-624-1065.


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