May 02, 2014
Kate Dorsey

Donate to Annual 'Trash to Treasure'

Trash to Treasure, the annual move-out donation drive, will collect gently used goods May 7-13. Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All categories of donations will be accepted at designated locations: Griesedieck Hall, Reinert Hall, Pruellage Hall, DeMattias Hall, Marguerite Hall, Fusz Hall, Student Village Apartments, Marchetti Towers and Busch Student Center.

Sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Housing and Residence Life, Sustainability and Benchmarking, Hazzard Moving and St. Louis' Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center, the program collects books, kitchen supplies, furniture, un-opened food, appliances, clothing and many other things from students and staff members. The donations are then given to local charity organizations during summer move-out.

In the 2011-2012 school year, Trash to Treasure collected 3,775 pounds of reclaimed items. In the 2012-2013 school year, it collected 11,826 pounds. In all, the University has donated $28,000 to more ten nonprofits in the St. Louis community.

Staff members in particular are encouraged to donate gently used professional clothing in the Busch Student Center to benefit Connections to Success, a local nonprofit that assists unemployed individuals through the job search process.

Many other nonprofits will benefit from SLU community contributions including:

  • The Dream Center gives furniture to local families in North City whose homes are currently unfurnished. 
  • The Resale Shop will resell this clothing to benefit the National Council of Jewish Women who work to improve the quality of life for women, children and families locally. 
  • The International Institute provides cookware to new immigrant families to welcome them to their new homes. 
  • Campus Kitchens gives food in care packages and prepared meals to hungry people around St. Louis. 
  • Salvation Army resells items to fund their holistic rehabilitation therapy for local men working their way out of addiction. 
  • Stray Rescue uses half-used cleaning supplies and unusable towels, rugs and sheets, to make stray dogs feel at home in the shelter.
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