Forget the dumpster: Donate your extra stuff to the end-of-the-year charity drive

Belongings mysteriously multiply during the school year. What to with all that extra stuff?

Residence Life has a solution: an end-of-the-year charity drive.

Students can donate unopened nonperishable food, school supplies, cleaning products, household goods and clothing. 

The drive takes place from April 30 to May 10 in each residence hall complex.

Each year, several truckloads of clothing, coats, shoes, bedding, books, small appliances, furniture and sports equipment are collected, then redistributed to area families in need through several nonprofit organizations.

Hundreds of food kits are assembled, containing cereal and crackers, canned goods, and side dishes to be distributed through a mobile food pantry, as well as hundreds of cleaning supply items.

"Before we started this drive a few years ago, I couldn't believe the stuff that was going in the dumpsters," says Luanne Goffnett, residence hall director for Barnes and Robinson halls and one of the drive organizers. "If students had items that wouldn't fit in the car, they just threw them away."

When she saw area families show up to go through the dumpsters, Goffnett knew there was a better way to connect the castoffs with people who could use them.

Collections take place at these locations:

  • North/South (Barnes, Beddow, Calkins, Larzelere, Merrill, Robinson, Sweeney, Thorpe, and Trout) in the lobby
  • East (Fabiano, Emmons, Woldt, Saxe, Herrig, Celani) in the shared lobby
  • Towers (Campbell, Carey, Cobb, Kesseler, Kulhavi, Troutman, Wheeler) in Kulhavi 145.

What to donate:

  • Laundry supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Used ink cartridges
  • Alarm clocks and fans
  • School supplies
  • Gently used clothing
  • Athletic shoes
  • Nonperishable food items, including individually wrapped items from open boxes, such as fruit snacks, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate packets.