by Josh Sandin
Posted on 12/4/2012
FORT DODGE - For nine years Iowa Central has been hosting Share What You Wear, and each year the event continues to grow and help the people of Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. The 2012 Share What You Wear was no different as Iowa Central once again opened its doors to help make the holiday season a little merrier for thousands of Area 5 residents.
“This year was a huge success,” said Iowa Central athletic director Rick Sandquist, who was instrumental in bringing the event to Iowa Central nine years ago and helping it morph into what it is today. “We had more items donated than ever before and more people come through the doors than ever before. None of this could have happened without the generous donations of time, items and money from so many people.”
Iowa Central began accepting donations for the event in the beginning of November. The transformation of the Career Education Building from gym to shopping mall began on Thursday, Nov. 29 and continued until the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on December 1.
Though the doors didn’t open until 9:00 a.m., people were already lined up at 4:30 a.m. to be first in line for the completely free event. By the time the doors finally opened, hundreds of people were waiting and by 2:00 p.m. when the event was over, more than a thousand people had taken over 90 percent of the donated items. The donated items included clothing, electronics, house wares and new and used children’s toys.
“Saturday is the day that really gets to you when you see the people flood in the doors,” said Sandquist. “People started lining up outdoors before our security guys got here at 4:30 a.m. This event is a special one and I am proud that Iowa Central is associated with this. This event really helps to make a better Christmas for many people each year.”