Valdosta Daily Times

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May 2, 2013

Give and go!

Students' junk is others' treasure

VALDOSTA — Bright green tents and neon orange T-shirts have lured Valdosta State University students and their old stuff away from the trash bins this week, and organizers of Give and Go hope more students departing for summer break will donate their re-serviceable goods to charity rather than ditching them by the dumpsters.

The program has partnered with Second Harvest of South Georgia, the regional food bank, which hauls off Give and Go's daily catch for reprocessing, said Dr. Tom Hochschild of VSU. The associate professor of sociology said the idea to start the program arose a year into his new job, after moving to town from Cleveland.

“At the end of my first year at VSU, last year, I was walking around the campus and saw dumpsters overflowing with garbage,” said Hochschild. “When I looked closer, I noticed that a lot of the items were still usable such as mini-refrigerators, area rugs, lamps, fans, clothing and school supplies. With so much need in Lowndes County, I thought it would be a good idea to collect the items and donate them to local families who are struggling.”

Midway through the drive's first day, Hochschild said he was pleased with the program's success and is hopeful more students will donate as both the program and semester conclude. Jessica Colson, an anthropology major and Give and Go volunteer, was sold on the value of the new program after reviewing photographs of dumpsters overflowing with trash and salvageable items.

“There's so much trash that gets thrown away that's useable and could be donated to other people, but often times, it just goes to the landfill,” said Colson. “We can reduce the amount of waste our college produces with this program and we can turn these items into things that people need.”

To donate your old items, stop by one of the four Give and Go canopies on VSU's Main Campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today or Friday, May 3.

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