It's no secret that students sometimes leave usable items in their wake as the hustle to summer vacation begins. A Niagara University committee is coordinating an effort to put those items to good use.
Members of the Vincentian Mission Certificate program are organizing a new, end-of-spring semester recycling program that they've termed "2 Good 2 Toss." The service project invites all NU students (and employees) to donate items that are clean and in good condition, as well as nonperishable food, rather than toss them into dumpsters or leave them behind.
The committee will sell these items at a "garage sale" from 12 to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Kiernan Center on Niagara University's campus. The event is open to the public.
All purchased items must be removed from campus by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Monetary proceeds will be given to NU's Office of Campus Ministry and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Unsold items in good condition will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.
For the past two weeks, graduating students have donated items - such as televisions, beds, chairs, dressers, bicycles, rugs, futons, lamps, athletic equipment, small appliances (coffee pots, toasters, microwaves, etc.), books and even computers - at designated drop-off locations in each residence hall.
"Our goal is twofold: to raise money for the underserved in our community and prevent usable items from ending up in landfills," explained Jay Stockslader, who is participating in the Vincentian Mission Certificate program. "We are proceeding with the philosophy, 'Give as you would give unto the Lord.'"
University employees are welcome to donate items by bringing them to the Kiernan Center's Scaffidi Gymnasium through Thursday.
Michael J. Freedman is NU's Associate Director of Public Relations & Manager of Online Content