Real winners glad for ugly sweaters

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GALLOWAY – The fix is in.

The real winners of the ugly sweater contest at Richard Stockton College are residents of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

When science lab workers decided to hold an office “ugly holiday sweater day,” Alisha Coleman wanted to think big.

“Why not have the fun of the ugly sweater day and help people who could use a sweater at the same time?” she asked.

Coleman suggested that people wear or bring a sweater to work, ugly or not, and for the office to donate it, or another or article of clothing to the rescue mission.

Her co-workers bought in and the idea soon took off, college-wide.

Ugly Sweater Day is Thursday, Dec. 13. 

Stockton faculty and staff are encouraged to wear an ugly sweater to work, and then donate it in room F001.

The staff will also accept canned food and monetary donations, with all proceeds going to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.  Community members may also take in the effort. Donations are being taken all week.

“What you might consider to be an ugly sweater, someone else will not, particularly if they have no sweater at all,” Coleman said.  “It doesn’t have to be a holiday sweater, and it doesn’t have to be ugly.  You might go through your closet and find that you have a few too many sweaters.  Well, somebody else would love to have even just one sweater.”

Coleman, of Brigantine, is a 2012 Stockton grad with a psychology and neuroscience major. 

She is working towards a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, saying she wants to teach and conduct research. In the meantime, she is enjoying coordinating the Ugly Sweater Day.

“It’s just a way to have fun and a nice gesture for people in need,” Coleman said.

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