Pellissippi 'Trading Post' delivers warmth without question

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- With temperatures dropping, one professor at Pellissippi State Community College wanted to make sure no student goes cold.

Kellie Mzik is an assistant professor of communication studies at Pellissippi State Community College, and she began making a difference in the lives of college students this winter.

"I wanted to make a difference in my students' lives," Mzik said.

To do that, she came up with the Trading Post. She developed the idea as an exchange station for winter clothes.

"We have students who come in blue because they're so cold, and they don't have the money for cold weather clothing," she said.

Mzik said students can take what they need from the area, even if it is just for a day. They can keep what they take for as long as they need.

According to Mzik, students don't have to fill out a form for the clothes— they just grab them.

So far, the exchange has been a popular startup with the inventory changing daily.

"Students seem to love the idea. They think it's just a really neat way to be able to do something," Mzik said.

If you're interested in visiting or donating to the Trading Post, visit the Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Division Street campus.