By Luverta Reames
Getting rid of that couch just got a little easier, thanks to Going Green’s donation collection event.
May 1 through May 3, the club will collect donations for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop.
“At the end of the semester, we throw out many things that are in good condition,” said junior Jenny Schoenwetter, co-leader of the Going Green club. “We realize we don’t have enough room in our cars, so we find the nearest dumpster and deposit the stuff there.”
Last year, Going Green sponsored a similar event that focused on honors housing and had a six-hour donation window.
This year, the group is partnering with the office of Student Development and Public Safety to expand the event.
On the Tuesday of finals, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul will drop off their donation trucks and leave them on campus until the last day of finals.
“We worked with the organizations so they would leave their donation trucks for a longer amount of time, because we are trying to make donating convenient for us busy college students during finals week,” Schoenwetter said.
The Salvation Army’s truck will be located on campus, between Williams Hall and Benner Library. St. Vincent’s truck will be at Olde Oak near the Treehouse. Both trucks will be open for students to load donations throughout day, but will be locked from midnight to 9 a.m.
“We’re trying to make this a campus-wide effort to give back to our community,” Schoenwetter said. “We’re looking for anything you would usually donate that’s in good condition like clothes, furniture, dishes, books, purses, etc.
“I am very excited to see us work as a community and decrease the amount of waste in the dumpsters. It kills me during move-out time to see how much we waste and throw away, and the majority of it is still in perfectly good shape. Why not donate it so someone else can have it?”
Other students are also excited to donate.
Sophomore Kerrielle Davis likes the convenience of the plan.
“I think it’s very efficient because we don’t have to go anywhere to donate,” she said. “We can donate where we are.”
Senior Krista Robyn is excited to give to those in need.
“I think it’s an awesome idea,” she said. “It’s a way we can bless others with what we’ve already been blessed with.”