The Indian Subcontinent Students Association organizes a thrift store to raise funds

The Indian Subcontinent Students Association hosts a thrift store on campus. Grace Everett | photo editor

By Samantha Garza | news editor

The Indian Subcontinent Students Association (ISSA) held a small thrift store event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Vara Martin Daniel Plaza. The event invited all students to purchase clothes, with proceeds going to the organization’s philanthropy.

Frisco junior and ISSA fundraising chair Ishana Banerjee said via email that the clothes vary in sizes and prices. With $3 t-shirts, $3 pants, $5 dresses, and $10 hoodies/crewnecks, the items were offered at affordable prices.

“We set this price so that students could choose a few of the items that caught their eye or wanted to get, without having to spend a lot on them,” Banerjee said.

Dublin, Calif. sophomore and ISSA Marketing Chair Ishita Bakshi said the clothes were donated by the ISSA Board of Trustees. Each officer had donated five to 10 coins, and the fundraising chair set the prizes.

Milita Vazirania, San Francisco senior and ISSA social chair, said this was the first year ISSA had held a fundraising event at a thrift store.

“Our fundraising chair actually came up with the idea,” Vazirania said. “We saw a few other thrift stores on campus, and we wanted to do that as well because I think it makes a lot of money, and we also want to donate to our philanthropy.”

Bakshi said the organization’s philanthropy is Developments in Literacy. Since 25 years, Evolution of literacy has provided thousands of children across Pakistan with high quality education at low cost. It currently educates over 29,000 students in 138 schools.

The goal of the event was to raise $300 to $400, but Vazirania said ISSA might have raised more given the strong turnout it had throughout the day.

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