As the semester comes to an end and college students pack up their dorm rooms, many of them may dump a lot of stuff in the garbage. A new program at Valdosta State University is helping students donate their unwanted belongings to charity.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. This picture from last spring shows the piles of stuff VSU students dumped as they moved out of their dorms for summer. Now, one VSU professor is asking students to donate their unwanted items to charity instead of sending them to a landfill.
"There's a lot of folks in need here in Valdosta so I thought it would be a great way for students to reduce their ecological imprint on the planet while helping others," said Dr. Hochschild, VSU Sociology Professor.
The tents are set up all over campus for students to drop off their stuff for the Give and Go program. Volunteers redirected one student as she headed to the dumpster. When Taylor Morrell learned her stuff could go to charity she went back to her dorm room and packed up more items she had planned to throw away.
"I'm glad that this is here. If I would have known that this was here I would have not thrown away some I the things I already threw away," said Morrell.
She says most students pack up so fast after exams they don't think about donating their stuff. "You just have to put things where they fit an that's usually the garbage cans."
During the program's first day today students brought in clothes, shoes, lamps, printers, even a laptop. Dr. Hochschild says he couldn't believe all this stuff used to go in the dumpster.
"A little upsetting to see all the great items being thrown out. I know a lot of students here at Valdosta State University have big hearts and they want to help so I thought this would be a great way to empower the students," said Hochschild.
The tents will be set up on campus until Friday. All of the donated items will be going to Second Harvest Food bank of South Georgia.