A few things...
-Thanks for posting that article HP, I had no idea it got posted here.
-The charity has nothign to do with shirts anymore. The founder is the guy who co-started the original Niner Nation shirts that began going out 2 years ago. He used the name in starting the charity, but we can’t sell shirts anymore for a large number of reasons. The shirts the article mentioned the kids getting are a set of Niner Nation shirts that a group memeber’s family donated (or gave at cost which is still amazing). They aren’t, and can’t be sold due to student organizatioin laws.
-The trade your other school gear for Charlotte gear was attempted (very poorly attempted) at the pre-Basketball Madness Bonfire. A few of us arrived maybe 30 minutes after it started and they had already given out all of the Niner Nation shirts without having a single piece of other school gear being thrown on the fire.
-There were talks last year that there are an excess of extremely cheap leftover Charlotte shirts floating around either at Grays or at the on-campus Bookstore. Like boxes of them. Contacting both bookstores would be a good start. If they still exist(the boxes of shirts), they will be willing to get rid of them for an absurdly low price. If not, both the campus bookstore and Gray’s have really good sales over the summer on decent stuff. Last year I got a few Charlotte shirts for about $3 a piece. The campus store just had a sidewalk sale a couple of weeks ago, so I’m not sure if they will have something like that again (but either way, they should have some leftovers from it they need to get rid of).
-I will check into the possibility of the charity using leftover funds to purchase shirts for this. The rules for student organizations are tricky, but I think something like this could pass.
Great idea 49or, glad to see people motivated like you. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in any way with this.
Its too bad that the Madness attempt went wrong, but at least some kids got a charlotte shirt. That sounds like a good idea about getting it from bookstores. Id much rather get it from the school bookstore so that we could be giving the money to the school instead of Greys. Thats awsome if we can use that 200 to get us started. You can definetly pass out flyers.
Oh, and I dont know if I said this, but im not just talking about shirts. I want trade hats, and sweaters, and anything else you can think of.
Heres a run over of how think this should go down:
We draw up the plans. Show them to the people you need to to get the 200 available. Contact the bookstores and see what they can do for us. (We must make sure this stuff they want to sell is good. I dont want to be giving junk to the charlotte kids.) Once we have an idea of the money we need, we attempt to raise money. CMack might know the most about this but my proposals are to walk around campus and ask, ask people on here (tho getting the money may be difficult), go around to area neighborhoods and ask (I dont know if door to door stuff is looked down upon.) Once the money is aquired, send out flyers letting people know we are doing this. A week or so later, we set up 1 booth at the Belk Tower and possibley another somewhere else, tho 1 should be fine I think. After that, the trade goes down, and we have other school stuff. Then its just a matter of going to whereever we are donating this stuff at and dropping it off. I think the money raising may need to happen until Fall classes start. This way we can get the new freshman to give us their stuff and also have plenty of time to raise the money. It seems to late to do it this year.
One BIG issue: I need people!! Sounds like CMack is down and maybe he can get his associates. If anyone on here wants to help, let me know. As little or as much as you want to help is fine. I just need more man power.
Thanks everyone for the ideas and support! Keep it comin.