January 08, 2014
Kate Dorsey

'Trash to Treasure' Winter Drive Serves St. Louis Nonprofits

More than 1,400 pounds of materials were donated to Campus Kitchens and Mission: St. Louis.

Trash to Treasure staff members
Center for Service and Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA Staff members pose with Mission: St. Louis workers as they pick up donations. Submitted photo

Trash to Treasure, the biannual donation drive lead by the Center for Service and Community Engagement and Housing and Residence Life, collected more than 1,400 pounds of materials during its 2013 winter drive.

The drive ran from Nov. 27 through Dec. 17 in DeMattias Hall, Fusz Hall, Griesedieck Hall, Marchetti Tower East, Marchetti Tower West, Marguerite Hall, The Village and The Flats.

Campus Kitchens received 500 pounds of donated food to turn into into meals and supplemental grocery bags. The rest of the donations, 900 pounds of furniture, electronics and clothing, were donated to Mission: St. Louis' new thrift shop, Thrive.

Mission: St. Louis is a neighborhood empowerment organization that provides job training programs, after-school programming and many other things to residents of The Grove.

Trash to Treasure is an initiative designed to raise awareness about the benefit to the global community of sustainable alternatives to throwing away unwanted items.

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