More than 12,000 denim pieces were collected by California State University, Fresno students during a month-long campaign to help victims of Hurricane Katrina – enough denim to provide insulation for 24 houses.

Local campaign efforts, which were organized by Fresno State’s USU Productions, joined the national “Cotton. From Blue to Green” denim drive.

The donations – jean pants, skirts and jackets – are being shredded and turned into insulation that will be used to assist in helping to rebuild hurricane-damaged homes in Louisiana.

Denim was collected by Fresno State clubs and organizations and at several drop-off points on campus and at local high schools, churches, alterations stores, Jamba Juice and Starbucks locations.

In 2006, the denim drive nationwide collected 14,566 pieces of denim.

For more information on the Fresno State collection, contact Shawna Blair at 559.278.2741 or

(Copy by University Communications student-intern Megan Jacobsen.)