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CCAN asks for donations to repair damaged RV so they can continue distributing winter clothes



The CCAN Clothing Cruise RV parked at the Community Connections Day and Veteran’s Stand Down in Iowa City on Nov. 18, 2021. — Adria Carpenter/Little Village

A year after hitting the road for the first time, the Corridor Community Action Network’s (CCAN) free mobile clothing closet has run into a problem.

The CCAN-Clothes Cruise’s RV was being stocked with warm clothes donated by the community Thursday morning by CCAN Director Mandi Nichols, who “stopped by the mobile closet to drop off some items for upcoming distributions and found that it has been broken into and the window and door significantly damaged,” according to a statement from the organization.

CCAN “is asking the community to assist in covering repairs to that the vehicle can get back on the road as soon as possible.”

“With temperatures dropping tonight, there will be a widespread need for warm clothing and winter gear,” the groups said.

Information on how to make a donation to help cover the cost of repairs is available on CCAN’s Facebook page.

A sign on the CCAN Clothing Cruise RV at the Community Connections Day and Veteran’s Stand Down in Iowa City on Nov. 18, 2021. — Adria Carpenter/Little Village

CCAN started as a Facebook page in 2019. “Our vision was to provide a place for people to find out about all of the different ways to help our community,” its site explains. The page became known for posting five actions people could do that day to make a difference in their community. It grew in importance as a resource for people in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCAN began working on its Clothing Cruise in 2020 after members learned there wasn’t an accessible community closet available for many people in the area. The group spent months raising funds to buy, customize and insure a 33-foot RV, as well as stock it with plenty of clothes. During its initial test drive in November 2021, the Clothing Cruise helped 40 people get winter weather gear like ponchos, gloves and new socks. Within three months, CCAN had used the RV to provide winter, professional and school clothes to over 190 people.

Interior of CCAN Clothing Cruise on Nov. 10, 2022, following a break-in. — courtesy of CCAN

More information about CCAN and how to support its work is available on its site.


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