Clothing Swap, an annual event at Taylor University sponsored by Taylor World Outreach (TWO), will be held in the TWO office and in Taylor residence halls on Monday, April 15. During the Swap, Taylor students, faculty, and staff can donate their unwanted clothes to swap for someone else’s donated clothes.
Cynthia Moberly, a graduate assistant in TWO, worked with Taylor students to organize the event. She said the goal is to educate students and support the surrounding community by donating left over clothes from the event to St. Martin’s Community Center in Marion, Indiana, which has served impoverished people in Grant County for over 50 years.
Moberly also said Clothing Swap promotes sustainability to Taylor’s students. Many students at the end of the year discard unneeded belongings, including clothes. The Swap serves as a sort of thrift store to encourage students to donate or swap old clothes instead of putting them in the landfill. Last year, over 250 students participated in the event.
“The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world—building an awareness to the effect we have on our planet is critical in biblical stewardship,” said Moberly. “It is really exciting to see students shift from a materialistic perspective of fashion and dress to understanding the impact manufacturing clothing has on the environment.”
The Clothing Swap will be held in the TWO Office in the Boren Center from 7-8:30 pm. There will also be opportunities to swap clothes at each Taylor residence hall. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate.