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May 11th, 2009
'Pack it Up and Pass It On' extended to area residents

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos and Hays County residents are invited to participate in Texas State’s eighth annual “Pack It Up and Pass It On” event on May 28.

“It’s time to clean out your closets and garages, and donate your unwanted items in good condition to your less-fortunate neighbors,” said Tommy Luna, president of the Texas State Residence Hall Association and incoming vice president of Associated Student Government (ASG).

Texas State’s Department of Residence Life and Community Relations Department have joined with the United Way of Hays County to provide a way for students to recycle items they no longer need for distribution to needy San Marcos residents.

Collection barrels were placed in each residence hall and university apartment complex on April 27. Students can donate clothes, shoes, books, carpets, linens, kitchen items, or anything else that is reusable and in good condition until May 13.

San Marcos and Hays County residents can also participate by bringing unwanted items in good condition to the LBJ Student Center (LBJSC) Ballroom from May 26-27, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Arrangements for earlier delivery to a storage POD on campus can be made by calling (512) 245-9645.

“It’s true recycling,” said Texas State Community Relations Director and San Marcos City Councilperson Kim Porterfield. “Pack it Up and Pass It On matches unwanted items that students normally throw away at the end of the semester with local needy citizens who can use them.”

Students, faculty and staff have been urged to adopt a residence hall, commit to daily pick ups of donated items, and deliver them to designated storage areas on campus. From there, volunteers will sort the collected items and place them in the LBJSC Ballroom. The ballroom will be set up as a giant garage sale, where United Way clients can shop for free.

Volunteers are needed for sorting items on May 22 and May 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and May 28 at 6 a.m. for distribution. Off campus students and community members are invited to donate items. Drop off times are between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 22, 26 and 28.

The Texas State Residence Hall Association (RHA) also is sponsoring a food drive for the Hays County Food Bank during the same period, collecting donations for students before they move out of the residence halls.

“Working together, on-campus student residents provide hundreds of pounds of food and thousands of good items for local residents who can really use the assistance,” said RHA President and Student Body Vice President-elect Tommy Luna. “It’s also great the we are able to divert so much from landfills.”

For more information, call Texas State’s office of Community Relations at (512) 245-9645, or visit its website.

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