During move-out, donate extra items to ‘Share Our Stuff’

‘SOS’ accepts furniture, clothing, electronics and more

No room for the futon, extra boxes of macaroni or nearly new T-shirts in the backseat of the car during move-out? Don’t throw them away; share them instead.

To reduce waste and share with people in need goods typically thrown away during on-campus and off-campus move-out, Washington University in St. Louis campus groups are organizing “Share Our Stuff” drop-offs on and off campus this spring and summer to benefit MERS Goodwill, Operation Food Search, the Campus Y and the Ronald McDonald House.

“Share Our Stuff” will accept a variety of usable goods, including:

  • furniture and furnishings
  • clean clothing and linens
  • books
  • appliances and electronics
  • school and office supplies
  • unopened, nonperishable food and hygiene products.

All items must be clean and in good condition.

Drop-off spots for donated items will be located in South 40 and Village residence halls beginning May 3 and continue through May 13.

There also will be drop-off locations off-campus at 725 Kingsland Ave., 6188 McPherson Ave. and 6654 Washington Ave. open May 3-Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Additional drop-off locations will be available along University Drive, and MERS Goodwill also will offer additional pickup locations for furniture along University Drive and at Greenway Apartments. For more information on locations, dates and times, visit wustl.edu/sustain/sos.html.

“Share Our Stuff” is organized by the Office of Sustainability, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Sharing With a Purpose (SWAP), a nonprofit organization sponsored through the Student Entrepreneurial Program.

MERS Goodwill is a St. Louis-based not-for-profit association that provides job-training and employment services to individuals who have barriers to employment through disability or economic disadvantage. It serves more than 11,000 families annually.

Operation Food Search is a St. Louis food bank that distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food and household items to 250 food pantries and soup kitchens.

The Campus Y is a student-centered organization that provides community service opportunities in 25 student-led programs. Its mission is to develop ethical leaders of exemplary character by applying the principles of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis in partnership with WUSTL.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children traveling to St. Louis for medical treatment. The Ronald McDonald House provides comfort, care and lodging for up to 39 families every day of the year and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Louis-area hospitals serve more than 4,000 families per year.

To volunteer to help with Share Our Stuff, e-mail Daniel Bentle at dbentle@wustl.edu.

For more information, visit wustl.edu/sustain/sos.html or call 935-6214.