The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, along with the other regional campuses, participated in the University of Pittsburgh’s Give a Thread campaign. Last November the University began a campaign to break the Guinness World Record for the most large articles of clothing collected for the intent of donation or recycle in one drive. Qualifying clothing included pants, shirts, jackets, suits, dresses, shorts and skirts.
The purpose was to have the clothing collected donated to Goodwill Industries and other nonprofit organizations that help those in need with clothing. All professional clothing was donated to Dress for Success Pittsburgh, an organization that supports women re-entering the workforce. Items that are stained or torn will be turned into insulation by Goodwill Industries.
Stephanie Fiely, Director of Student Activities at the Titusville campus spearheaded the Titusville campaign. “The Pitt-Titusville faculty, staff and students were asked to clean out their closets and donate their gently worn clothing items to this worthy cause. We also had assistance from the Titusville community which helped us exceed our campus donation goal of 500 articles of clothing. The total goal of the campaign was 150,000 pieces of clothing items, the last report I heard was that our count was just over 100,000 items collected. I am pleased to say that Pitt-Titusville donated 2,156 items to the Give a Thread campaign. In addition we sent down three large boxes of accessories for the donation which included socks, shoes, belts, gloves, and much more,” said Fiely.