Genesis Program Conducts Clothing Drive to Meet Local Needs

Members of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Genesis program, a group formed in 2016 and is designed to help mentor young men for success, recently conducted a campus-wide clothing drive in order to help meet needs within the local community during the cold seasonal months.

“As a group, we really wanted to help meet a need in the community by giving away clothing for those who may not have a home to sleep in during the cold winter months,” shared Genesis Program Coordinator, Dontavius Jones.

Partnering with the Salvation Army in Dublin and Sandersville, the Genesis group collected donations on all four OFTC campuses in Sandersville, Jefferson, Dublin and Helena-McRae from October 25 – November 17.

“We chose to partner with the Salvation Army because they give away $500 worth of clothes each month,” Jones shared. “They also provide free clothing to those who may have encountered unfortunate circumstances such as a loss of a home due to a fire. We felt like the Salvation Army was exactly what the Genesis Program was looking for in order to meet the needs of the community.”

After distributing flyers, sending out emails and talking to everyone they could the group collected over 100 shirts, 50 pairs of pants, a few dresses, baby clothes and some baseball caps. “We were hoping to meet the needs of at least 5 families,” Jones shared, “but through the efforts of the OFTC family we were able to collect at least 20 families’ worth of clothing.”

Members of the OFTC Genesis program are: Reginald Scott Jr., Javier Hooks, Tyree McDuffie, Tiquavious Coney, Reo Ellington, Tionte Tharpe, Curtis Coates III, Darrel Locke, Roy Guyton, Ifarris Jordan, Quintavis Collier, Vincent Cuyler, Kendarious Jones, Clifford Duckworth.

“Genesis would like to thank everyone who gave,” Jones added. “Those charitable contributions can keep at least 20 families warm during these upcoming months. Thank you for giving!”

To learn more about the Genesis program, visit OFTC.edu.

Members of OFTC's Genesis Program with Sandersville's Salvation Army Staff. L-R: Ifarris Jordan, Dontavius Jones, Elaine Lanthrip, and Rosa Smith.

Members of OFTC’s Genesis Program with Sandersville’s Salvation Army Staff. L-R: Ifarris Jordan, Dontavius Jones, Elaine Lanthrip, and Rosa Smith.

Members of OFTC's Genesis Program with Dublin Salvation Army staff member: L-R: Roy Guyton, Dontavius Jones, Jackie Ford, Curtis Coates.

Members of OFTC’s Genesis Program with Dublin Salvation Army staff member: L-R: Roy Guyton, Dontavius Jones, Jackie Ford, Curtis Coates. III