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Red Bus Project on the move for orphans

It was an unusual sight on Monday at the University of Evansville. A big red double-decker bus was parked in UE's front circle.

This is called the Red Bus Project. It's the college program of an organization called Show Hope and it's about getting the word out about orphan care. 

When you're in college, convenience is everything. So having a giant bus show up in the middle of campus, packed with clothes on the cheap. It's a pretty good way to get students attention.

"If you only have three bucks, you can find something for three bucks. If you have something more you can spend, however much you want really. It's awesome," said Tessa McLinden, a UE freshman. 

The Red Bus Project travels around the country visiting three or four college campuses a week while touring.

Chris Wheeler helps run things.

"We're going to public schools, private schools looking for opportunities talking to college students. Ultimately to engage them about how they could use their major, use their skill, to benefit orphan care in the future," Wheeler said.

Wheeler says there are 140 million orphans worldwide, and he says money UE students, like Daniel Poelhuis, are spending on used clothes goes to help families that are adopting.

"There's so much going on in the world and it's so easy to just ignore it and everything. But getting something that brings awareness, like a giant red bus, going to any kind of problem that we've got going on is good and I think orphans is a huge one," Poelhuis said.

"I think it's really nice because I know college kids like to give back also, plus college kids want to shop for cheap. So it's nice to have other people's clothes that you can go through and not have to spend a fortune on and you can help other people while doing it," student Hannah Lamar said. 

It's not just buying clothes, students can donate as well. 

To date, organizers say they've collected about 20,000 pounds of clothes.

On Tuesday, the bus will be at Indiana Wesleyan and then on to Taylor University. 

For more information on the Red Bus Project, click here.

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