Romney Campaign Donates Promotional Shirts to Kenyan Students
While many election year promotional products end up in trash cans at the end of campaign season, at least one group is putting those old items to good use. The Daily Caller reports that the Knox County Romney Campaign of Tennessee has donated its leftover Romney-Ryan 2012 shirts to a needy school in Kenya.
The Knox Country Romney Campaign donated the unused promotional shirts to The Orbit Village Project, a nonprofit organization that runs a school, medical clinic, orphanage and Baptist Church in Nairobi. More than 200 of the school's students received one of the shirts.
"We were thinking, 'What's the best use for these shirts?' And it was very organic in how it came together," said Alexander Waters, campaign director for the Knox Country Romney Campaign. He explained that he became aware of The Orbit Village Project through his aunt, Cyndy Waters, founder and director of The Orbit Village Project.
Cyndy Waters is the first cousin of Janelle Nevins, the late senior vice president of Summit Group and recipient of the 2013 PPAI Women of Achievement award. "Janelle has been a supporter of the project since its beginning in 1995 along with a great encourager to Cyndy," according to The Orbit Village Project. "Over the years, Janelle and her family have sponsored two children at the Orbit Village. Many people can be seen throughout the area with Coca-Cola bags, shirts, jackets and other items as Janelle always donated many gifts to the workers and children in the village."
A memorial page dedicated to Nevins is hosted on The Orbit Village Project's website. Nevins' family has asked that any donations be made to the charity, and donations are accepted on the site.