Caring college students are hoping to warm up winters for the homeless by delivering 100 coats and jackets to those in need within the community.
Business students at Abingdon & Witney College’s Witney campus launched the #100coats project as part of a module on their course.
The group is now aiming to get at least 100 donations of men’s winter coats or jackets in clean and good condition by December 13.
Men’s clothing was specifically chosen because statistically they are in much more demand – men make up 80 per cent of homeless people.
The students are also asking donors to attach a luggage tag to the clothes, in order to deliver a kind message to the unknown recipient.
Business lecturer Tracey Lee, who is helping to oversee the project, said: “It’s really important for our business students to gain real-life practical and employability experience to support their academic studies.
“I’m incredibly proud of their commitment to #100coats campaign which will help keep local homeless people warmer this winter.”
The students will work with the Oxford Homeless Pathways charity to help distribute the clothing, while Witney business suppliers Aston & James will sponsor the campaign by acting as a storage and collection point.
Already, the students have had support from local organisations, including three schools.
Julie Hunter, deputy headteacher at the Aureus School in Didcot, said: “Aureus School students are supporting the #100coats campaign as we have embarked on a 14-week long acts of kindness challenge.
“We feel at this time of year in particular it is important to be kind to our local community. We are hopeful we can help this enterprising task.”
For anyone interested in donating, Aston & James is willing to collect sizeable clothing donations.
Smaller clothing donations can be dropped off at their office premises in Witney, in De Havilland Way, or at the college’s Witney campus, on Holloway Road, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.