Posted on May 8, 2014 in Alumni News and News
Two KU School of Law students founded a nonprofit organization after traveling to Bangladesh and learning more about the safety regulations of the country’s $24 billion garment industry.
While in Bangladesh, Madeline Heeren and Aqmar Rahman gave away several Jayhawk shirts to needy children, and the joy the shirts brought to the children, along with their own delight in sharing KU spirit, inspired them to create United Across Borders. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing clothing to international communities in need.
We’ve partnered with United Across Borders and the KU Bookstore to kick off the organization’s first clothing drive this month.
Jayhawks are invited to donate clean and gently worn clothing to donation boxes at KU Bookstore locations, and in exchange for the donation, you’ll receive a coupon for 30% off one purchase of KU merchandise.
United Across Borders and the KU Bookstore also collaborated on a “Buy a Shirt, Give a Shirt” campaign. Profits from the sale of special co-branded Jayhawk Nation T-shirts will be used to manufacture T-shirts and blankets in factories in Bangladesh, and the items will be donated to the poor.
Here’s a tip: donate some old KU shirts, get your 30% off coupon and then use it to buy a new Jayhawk Nation T-shirt.
Donation boxes will be available at the KU Bookstore locations in the Kansas Union, Burge Union, KU Medical Center, Jayhawk Central at the KU Edwards Campus and the 1865 shop inside the Oread Hotel. Click here for location details and hours.