Students moving out of campus residence halls can donate unwanted items through Check-Out for Charity.
As another academic year comes to a close, students will begin moving out of campus residence halls later this month, and many of them will have unwanted household goods, unused food and other leftover items they might usually end up throwing away.
Each year, Auburn University's Auxiliary Enterprises Property Management holds "Check-Out for Charity," in which they partner with the Salvation Army of Lee County and the Food Bank of East Alabama to divert the excess items to local nonprofit groups and charities.
"When finals begin, we set up tents on the residence hall lawns so we can collect unwanted items, and we place barrels for food donations in the residence hall lobbies," said Amy Mosley, coordinator of the program. "Items are loaded into box trucks and taken to the local Salvation Army store and the food bank. We're even able to arrange to have perishable items immediately transported to the food bank."
This year, Check-Out for Charity will kick off Tuesday, April 22, and run through Monday, May 5.
The group is in need of volunteers both from campus and the community to work at the Check-Out for Charity tents to prevent theft of the donated items and to help load goods onto the trucks, especially on heavy move-out days.
Each year, Auburn students donate nearly 3,000 lbs. of food to the Food Bank of East Alabama and an estimated 20 tons of goods to the Salvation Army through Check-Out for Charity.
"We are the Auburn family, and families and community matter," Mosley said. "There are so many ways these donations benefit our community. The Salvation Army and Food Bank of East Alabama provide assistance to many families across Lee County. In addition, Check-Out for Charity prevents reusable household items from becoming waste in our landfills, so we help keep Auburn sustainable."
Auburn donates nearly 3,000 lbs. of food collected during Check-Out for Charity to the Food Bank of East Alabama and an estimated 20 tons of goods to the Salvation Army each year.
"This is our biggest donation drive of the year," said Teresa Johnsick, director of the Salvation Army of Lee County Service Center. "Without this program our 'Meals on Wheels' and 'Angel Tree' programs, as well as our food pantry, would suffer. Donations are how we operate in Lee County. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to the Salvation Army goes to social services. When you donate a couch to The Family Store you are donating a second chance for someone in your community."
Check-Out for Charity was started nearly 20 years ago by David Maddox, current director of Auxiliary Services Property Management.
To volunteer or to donate perishable goods, contact Mosley at Property Management at (334) 844-4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at the Check-Out for Charity Facebook page.
— By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications & Marketing
Last Updated: Apr. 10, 2014