Today wrapped up the 15th annual Classified Staff Advisory Council winter clothing drive, and organizers were thrilled with the turnout.

Drop-off boxes in buildings throughout campus have been filling with new or gently used coats, gloves, sweaters, blankets and other warm clothing items for the last month.

“We received multiple emails from building managers and people who were in charge of supervising the drop-off boxes saying, ‘It’s overflowing! The box is overflowing and we need you to come pick it up,’” said Courtney Fauss, co-organizer of the event. “It pretty much made our day.”

More than 20 volunteers sorted the men’s, women’s and children’s clothing on Friday, filling garbage bag after garbage bag of neatly folded garments. By lunchtime, more than 1,500 pieces of clothing, winter accessories and blankets were accounted for, all of which will be distributed to people in need.

Co-organizer Judy Manor, who was named the 2017 Homecoming Dedicatee last month, was in charge of organizing this year’s beneficiaries, which include Flagstaff Shelter Services, Sunshine Rescue Mission, Sharon Manor and Northland Family Help Center. The non-profit organizations will pick up the donations on Monday.

“It was so neat to see the campus come together,” she said. “We are thrilled to know these donations will help so many people in the community.”

Garbage bags full of clothes

Garbage bags filled the room as volunteers continued to sort through the donations.