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Terriers giving back in style for the new year

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The newly renovated Terrier Supply Closet off the main hallway of the second floor in the Mungo Student center. Photo by Anna Lee Hoffman.

Upon the arrival of the new school year, alumni and Terrier Club donors were among the many who wanted to lend a hand to the students, athletes and faculty at Wofford.


Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Elizabeth Rabb was one of the first this year to receive donations toward the school for students.


Rabb received an anonymous donation from an alumna and Terrier Club ticket holder.

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The anonymous woman donated many designer dresses, jumpsuits, denim, formal suits and semi-formal wear with tags. Rabb took her time to display the clothing in her office and offer it to students by sending out a school-wide email.


“Most of everything went, and I would love for (that) to continue, (since it happens mostly) only on the men’s side,” Rabb said.


Her hope is that more women in the Wofford Alumni community will donate to help those less fortunate on campus. Any of the Athletic Director offices, including Elizabeth Rabb’s, are open for contact to help donate.


Rabb had to clear her office for the donation of clothing and later moved the gear to the Terrier Supply Closet, which is now located alongside the main hallway on the second floor of the Mungo Student Center.


Though the Terrier Supply Closet was started for basic hygenial and supply needs for students, it has opened its doors to formal wear and nice clothes for interviews, internships and many other opportunities that students come upon.


It was moved from Burwell during renovations last school year into a newly renovated room made to house various supplies. The room that was once dark was painted white with wide shelves for housing materials.


The Terrier Supply Closet has now been up and running for 3 years and is headed by Dean of Student Access Boyce Lawton and a couple of other anonymous volunteers.


The closet was started by an alumna, Alexis Eaton, who was a Bonner Scholar, Government major, and Sociology minor.


Supplies such as notebooks, pencils, nonperishable food items, detergent, undergarments and more have been donated by various clubs, graduating classes and surrounding faculty and alumni.


“I want to emphasize that every gift is important, no matter the size,” Lawton said.


The success of the Terrier Supply Closet has helped many students in facing financial difficulty.


Within the past few years, over 589 visits to the closet have been made by students who were in need of either supplies or food. As of last year, the expenses exceeded over $17,000.


On a visit to the closet with Boyce Lawton, he expressed his hopes of expanding the space, due to an extra room attached, if more clothes and other supplies are brought to his attention.


“For those who are in need: Come and take what you need, be respectful of the space (and) you are always welcome,” Lawton said.


Lawton does have the means of examining who visits the closet and sees their finances through a database system given to him by the college.


The space is meant to provide success for all students beyond the border of Wofford College.


Those with severe financial difficulties can request help at any given time to meet their individual needs throughout the school year and summer.


In order to donate or get in touch to help out the Terrier Supply Closet, email [email protected].


There is also a comments box in the Terrier Supply Closet that is open to suggestions on how to advance the space and what it contains.

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