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Make The Most Of Move-Out By Donating Extra Stuff To Trash To Treasure

Packing up your room is, undoubtedly, the worst part of the semester. There are never enough bags for you to pack your stuff into, you have a gold mine of miscellaneous articles of clothing tucked into corners of your closet, and you just can’t seem to part with all of the random junk.

If you’re looking for a place to unload your end-of-the-school-year problems, you’re in luck. Penn State’s Trash to Treasure program is collecting items like food, clothes, and furniture to donate to local food shelters or put up for sale.

Every year, thousands of shoppers attend the Trash to Treasure sale at Beaver Stadium in June. Items are sorted into different departments in order to make shopping easier, and prices are reviewed annually for fairness and often compared against local yard sale prices. In the end, all unsold items are donated to local charities.

All of the proceeds go to the Centre County United Way and its partner organizations. The event brings in an average of 60 tons of donated items and more than 500 volunteers annually, which saves Penn State more than $14,000 in labor and equipment costs. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste that the university puts into the landfill.

Trash to Treasure accepts a wide range of donations, from bedding to electronics — they just ask that your items are clean and functioning. You can find the full list of accepted items here.

Donations can be dropped off at the commons desks in residence halls around campus from April 22 to May 5.

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Hope Damato

Hope is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. She resides in Northern Virginia but likes to tell people she's from D.C. since no ones heard of Manassas. She considers herself a coffee expert, obsessive Eagles fan and likes long walks on the beach. Feel free to follow her on twitter @hopemarinaa to send her funny tweets or email her at [email protected] to criticize her writing.


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