UW students strip down to their undies to help charity

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 7:39 AM

SEATTLE -- With finals just around the corner at the University of Washington, students found a rather unusual way to unwind while helping charity.

A large group of students gathered on Parrington Lawn, then proceeded to strip down to their underwear.  Their discarded clothing was thrown in boxes, which will be given to the Salvation Army.

"Basically the premise is you come, you show up in clothing and you donate it," said organizer Nolan Heintz.  "And then you do what is logical and you run."

After standing around in their undies for about 30 minutes, the students took off and ran through part of the campus. They even swung through the library, catching many studying students off guard.

Organizers have yet to weigh this year's donations, but they're hoping to beat last year's total of 560 pounds of clothes.

Nine other colleges around the country also held "Undie Runs," which are sponsored by Virgin Mobile USA.  So far, Arizona State University is in first place after collecting 8,300 pounds of clothing.

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