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Bowl-bound Buckeyes support Goodwill with service project

Buckeyes give back. That was the message today in Dallas as dozens of students, faculty, staff and alumni from The Ohio State University teamed up to aid the Goodwill in Dallas.

President Michael V. Drake led the annual Ohio State Service Project on the eve of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The event was organized by the Office of Student Life and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

“The reason why we do community service is for the betterment of the communities in which we come to play,” Drake said. “And for the betterment of ourselves as well.”

President Drake, center, helps sort clothing at Goodwill

In a warehouse the size of an airplane hangar, volunteers from Ohio State joined with helpers from the University of Southern California to sort and pack clothes for the Goodwill.

“We Serve Together” was the theme, and Buckeye volunteers sported black t-shirts with the motto.

Senior Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston and Alumni Association President Jim Smith helped out as supporters unloaded trucks, worked in the electronics repair shop and prepared care packages for Goodwill employees.

Shelley Meyer, wife of Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer, worked alongside students as her husband prepared the team to face USC tomorrow night. Members of the Ohio State Marching Band helped serenade the room and Brutus was on hand to keep everyone motivated.

The support for Goodwill was greatly appreciated.

“Goodwill Industries of Dallas exists to provide training and employment to persons with disabilities and disadvantages to help them transform their lives through the power of jobs,” said Goodwill Industries of Dallas Vice President of Marketing Joanna Reddy. “We are so happy to welcome Ohio State and USC here today to help us support our efforts. It really does make a difference.”

This was the 20th time Student Life has coordinated the bowl community service project.