STUDENTS HELP DISTRIBUTE CARHARTT CLOTHING DONATED TO VERMONTERS. Carhartt, America’s premium work wear brand since 1889, is partnering with Lyndon to help those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. College students, faculty, and staff will help distribute Carhartt’s donation of 18,495 pieces of apparel to Vermont flood victims.
“The damage to communities throughout Vermont is devastating. We want to help those affected,” said Jonathan Davis, Lyndon’s associate dean for student affairs. “Partnering with Carhartt to help distribute clothing will definitely help folks who need it most. It’s also a chance for our students to soak up the College’s mission of promoting service to the community.”
On Monday, September 12, a trailer truck filled with 872 cartons containing over 18,000 items of clothing arrived at Lyndon State College. It took nine people 2.5 hours to unload the donations. Meadow Leasing of Littleton, N.H., generously donated the use of a tractor trailer for three weeks of storage.
The inventory includes men’s pants, jeans, coats, sweatshirts, and gloves; and women’s pants, jeans, coats, skirts, shirts, vests, sweatshirts, and gloves.
Lyndon State College students are helping to distribute the clothing as part of the College’s annual Student Community Service Day. On Friday the 16th, 40 Lyndon freshman gathered to sort and label clothing into bundles tagged by garment, gender, and size, and to load trailers for shipping.
Over half of the donation will be heading to the Salvation Army’s Rutland, Vermont, warehouse. “They have the space and distribution networks in place to help get these items into the hands of folks who need them,” noted Davis. Other bundles will be heading off to the Bethel area in central Vermont, and to families in the Northeast Kingdom already identified by Lyndon’s faculty and staff and by VTResponse.
People who are in need of assistance, or know where assistance may be needed, are urged to contact Captain Bill Thompson at the Salvation Army at (802) 864-6991, ext. 105. In the Northeast Kingdom, contact Jonathan Davis at Lyndon State College, (802) 626-6418.
In addition to aiding victims of Hurricane Irene, some clothing will be going to help those who’s need is not a direct result of the storm.
Carhartt President and CEO Mark Valade is a 1979 graduate of Lyndon State College.