Bundle up warm clothing

TURLOCK -- As temperatures begin cooling, freshmen at California State University, Stanislaus, are gearing up for a cold-weather clothing drive.

They're collecting items Monday and Wednesday for Turlock's low-income and homeless people to help them face the winter cold.

People can drop off items in the university quad from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. both days.

Requested donations include sleeping bags, ponchos, umbrellas, socks, sweaters, jackets, hats, flashlights and blankets -- "anything to help people survive a winter on the street," said Anna Epperson, service learning coordinator. Turlock's cold-weather shelter doesn't open until Nov. 20.

Students will man a booth, engaging people in discussions about homelessness and poverty in the community.

The 20 students are taking a service learning class with English Professor Stephanie Paterson. They'll learn about fund-raising and donation drives, gain experience about homelessness and poverty, hone leadership skills and learn how to work with different groups of people, Epperson said.

For more information or to donate, call the Office of Service Learning at 667-3311. Stanislaus State is at One University Circle, Turlock.

Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at mhatfield@modbee.com or 578-2339.