Mobile thrift store raises awareness about orphans around the world

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OLATHE, Kan. -- There's a red double-decker bus parked at MidAmerica Nazarene University. But it's not filled with tourists, it's filled with clothes.

It's a thrift store stuffed into the double-decker bus that would normally be found in Britain. Everything in this bus has a price tag of $20 or less.

"I'm looking at bracelets, necklaces for my granddaughters," said Mark Hayes, a professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University.

"I actually found this super cute purse I'm about to buy. And I'm going to get one of the red bus t-shirts and I'm going to keep looking and buy as much as I can," said Katelyn Ashton, a freshman.

These students and professors at MidAmerica Nazarene are happily spending money for a reason. The Red Bus Project is geared to raise awareness about the growing number of orphans around the world.

"Every 18 seconds, a child becomes an orphan somewhere in the world. And so they can do something," said program coordinator, Kyndell Dempsey.

The mobile thrift store will stop at 25 different schools. Money raised will go back into the program.

"It gives us a chance to do something for orphans because it feels like you can't really do anything because you're a student. You can't adopt or don't always have the money to go to africa or whatever. I think this is a really cool thing to do," said student Rachel Gall.

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