TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – More than 6,000 undergarments have been collected to be donated to Doorstep, Inc. in honor of a Topeka woman.
For about a decade, Coldwell Banker says a group of his real estate agents called Go Givers has been collecting undergarments for those in need. The idea proposed by Don Wiltz came after an article about the need for undergarments in shelters and clothing stalls, as they are the most in demand and least donated.
From there, Coldwell said the Go Givers have started an annual campaign: Under-Awareness of the Under-Wearless. From November through January, the team buys and collects new items from friends, family and customers to stock the shelves of Doorstep, Inc. in Topeka after the holidays.
Doorstep, Inc. is a local organization that helps people in need.
In 2023, Coldwell claimed that the Go Givers also suffered a loss: Shannon Nichol died suddenly due to heart failure. In her honor, remaining team members—Wiltz, Ruth Simnitt, Vicki Trembly and Amy Miller—have teamed up with Colwell, the Sunflower Association of Reatlors, Inc., and Kansas Secured Title to collect undergarments.
The 2023 effort resulted in 6,312 pairs of socks, underwear, bras and shorts for men, women, boys and girls in the Go Givers collection bin.
“The Go Givers have so much gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen,” Coldwell officials said. “These donations have helped our community honor Shannon’s life.”