This offseason I ran into an interesting problem regarding my Michigan gear accumulated over the years. I've bought many t-shirts, sweatshirts, a few hats, etc., over the years and received several others as gifts. The bottom line is I have too much, and only wear three t-shirts and maybe two sweatshirts while the others just sit idle.
Here's the question - what's the best thing to do with the excess gear?
With all other surplus clothing, my family finds suitable charities to whom we can donate clothes, etc. It's a family ethic to put unused items in the hands of the homeless and disadvantaged, and we do what also we can to help financially too through solid local and national charities.
So why not donate Michigan gear the same way? For context, I live in a large urban area with a fair (unfair?) amount of crime and substantial homelessness. If I give away 40+ articles of Michigan gear to the homeless shelter, our downtown grifting areas will look like a downtrodden Michigan alumni convention within a week or so. I have been propositioned by one drug-addicted homeless person wearing another school's colors which was both enormously sad on the human level and a tiny bit funny that the propositioner was wearing a well-known school's gear. (I won't disclose the school, because it would not be fair to Ohio State for me to do so.) I've also been hit up for spare change, etc., by others in college gear.
Adding to the problem is the fact that I'm a grown-ass man. I've thought about donating the gear to a children's center since there are teens my size or bigger, and the gear might get good use from a teen in need. There are also some refugee organizations that might get good use from the gear, so that's an option but would involve a drive into the 'burbs.
So should I just bite the bullet and put the gear in the hands of the local homeless shelter? (I honestly can't tell if I'm just being vain in worrying about this, or if a donation of a chunk of gear like this does Michigan's reputation a smidge of incremental harm.) Should I direct the donations so that the gear ends up in the hands of folks less likely to grift or end up in a mugshot?
What say you, board?