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Brooke Ostrom

An Outstanding Islander

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Bringing a Community Together

After collecting more than 1,000 pairs of jeans in a local jean drive for low income or homeless families and individuals in the Coastal Bend area, senior media communication major, Brooke Ostrom, was able to bring the community together for an even bigger task.

The success of the jean drive earned Ostrom an invitation to compete in a mini challenge, "Comeback Clothes," hosted by the nonprofit organization DoSomething.org. She competed against 49 other students nationwide to see which student could collect the most articles of clothing.

“I reached out to local community members who allowed me to use their locations as drop-off points for citizens to donate their clothes,” said Ostrom. “The drive was extremely successful, and every day I was out picking up clothes from friends’ houses.”

Near the end of the clothing drive, KRIS 6 News picked up the story and the Corpus Christi IceRays also offered to help collect clothes for the last few days of the drive. Overall, the community helped Ostrom gather 5,030 articles of clothing, which were donated to Corpus Christi Metro Ministries.

Ostrom won the mini challenge and was supposed to receive an iPad Mini but, instead, she took the monetary value of $280 to buy pizzas for the homeless shelter. DoSomething.org and Little Caesars held a pizza party on June 27 for more than 200 homeless, poor, and working poor families and individuals.

“Little Caesars personally delivered the pizzas and announced to the shelter staff that they not only provided us with extra pizzas and bread for that day, but would help throw two more pizza parties this year,” said Ostrom.

Ostrom says the campaign shows how a community can come together to do great things. She also has been fully involved on campus, and was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society in spring 2014. She looks forward to continuing her passion after she earns her degree in December.

“After I graduate, I hope to utilize the skills I have acquired through my studies to begin working at a nonprofit organization,” said Ostrom. “My passion lies in community service and helping people use their talents for social good. I cannot thank my professors enough for their support during my educational journey.”