Give A Shirt
To Give Hope & Restore Dignity to 900 homeless students in the Salem-Keizer School District.
Homeless students. 900 of them last year in Salem-Keizer, OR, alone. Not even 18 years old and life has gotten off to a rough start. One of the biggest barriers between their present and a better future is their education. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act attempts to remove all barriers to homeless students succeeding in school. It does a great job of this–it provides free transportation, free food, lets them choose any school in the district, and protects them from being discriminated against. One thing it doesn’t do is provide clothes. What difference do clothes make, don’t they have steeper challenges than that? Imagine not changing your clothes for the next sixty days. Many of these students have one outfit. One smelly, dirty, doesn’t quite fit, wouldn’t-wear-it-if-I-had-something-else outfit. Many of these students, not wanting to smell, stand out, and wear their poverty on their sleeve, only come to school a few days a week. People are less likely to notice if they’re at school less. Not having more than one outfit is a valid reason to not want to go to school every day. Not having more than one outfit is a stupid reason to not finishing school someday. The problem is…there is nothing they can do about it. The solution is…there is something you can do about it. What’s that? GIVE A SHIRT. Literally. For every shirt sold $10 will be given to help these local homeless students get the clothes they need. Get a shirt you want–give a shirt they need. When you stand out–they blend in. I GIVE A SHIRT. DO YOU? I GIVE A SHIRT is a project created by local students, led by local students, and for local students.