Donation drive turns student trash into charity treasure

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    One donation drive at TCU is attempting to prevent students from throwing out potentially useful items by turning student trash into treasure.

    Trash to Treasure is an annual donation drive put on at the end of the spring semester by Community Involvement and Service Learning. Clothing, books, electronics and other unwanted items will go to several different agencies that will give the items to people who need them, CISL Director Rosangela Boyd said. 

    Drive volunteers are picking up donations from TCU residence halls and delivering them to different local charities.

    "This year we are donating to Fort Worth YWCABerry Good Buys (Safe Haven)Tarrant Area Food BankBooks for Africa and Samaritan House," Boyd said. 

    Boyd said she talked with TCU professor and known Dumpster diver Jeff Ferrell, who is teaching students about how to find treasure among other people's trash.

    "He took a group of students to some of the Dumpsters and they brought lots of things in that were in good condition," Boyd said. "We still need more awareness in terms of people knowing that if the boxes are right next to the door, they can leave it, rather than just throw it away." 

    Another professor, sociology professor Keith Whitworth, encouraged students to volunteer in collecting, separating and bagging the items donated from the residence halls, sophomore Taylor White said. 

    "We learned that part of being sustainable is not only knowing when to give things away and how to give them away, but how to reuse other things in order to live a more sustainable life," White said. 

    Donations will be taken in residence halls on campus until Saturday, Boyd said. Students interested in volunteering can volunteer in the recreation center's indoor volleyball court Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday starting at 9 a.m. until completion.