Swift Thrift fights violence

Enactus is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter to empower women, men and families who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Tomorrow Enactus students are bringing an event called Swift Thrift to campus to support the shelter.

Swift Thrift will include a mobile thrift store, popcorn and music from Molly & Pals. Students can purchase clothes and popcorn and all the proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

The shelter already has a thrift store and Enactus’s idea was to bring that store in a mobile version to college campuses. The team was inspired after they visited the shelter and felt that this is a cause worth helping.

Arline Mejia, a member of the Enactus team said, “It was motivational to see how many people were at the shelter and how the shelter provided tools for them to overcome what
they’ve been through.”

After meeting the smiling kids at the shelter, Mejia said she felt a personal connection and was moved to join the cause.

“They do more than they need to for these families and they could use our help. You can come not only to buy cheap clothing, but we hope to raise awareness regarding domestic
violence,” she said.

Mejia also said she wants people to see that their contribution will make a difference in someone’s life. The team is working to possibly bring the thrift store to University of Arkansas as well.

The John Brown University event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 in Walker Student Center.