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Move Out collection drive benefits local community

As Lehigh students begin the process of cleaning up and cleaning out their residence halls, they have the opportunity to help members of the local Bethlehem community. Through Lehigh’s Move Out collection drive, students can donate items they no longer need—or fit in their cars.

“As we head into the eleventh year of the Move Out collection drive, I am constantly amazed and inspired by the generous spirit of our Lehigh community,” says Carolina Hernandez, director of Lehigh’s Community Service Office.

From April 30 through May 8, students can donate reusable goods such as clothing, household and kitchen items, small appliances, food, office supplies, cleaners and detergent. Items will be accepted any time at residence halls and daily at the Ulrich Student Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is also such a great environmental program,” adds Hernandez. “We are salvaging literally tons of food and clothing from being dumped in the dumpsters, and making them available for the greater community.”

At the end of the drive, items will sold to the public at discount prices through the Great Southside Sale. This year’s sale will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at the parking lot across from St. John’s Windish Church at the corner of 4th and Buchanan Streets.

Proceeds from the sale go to the South Bethlehem Youth Programs. Additional items, such as food and cleaning supplies help replenish food banks for Southside residents, and school supplies are donated to homework clubs.

This year’s sale continues a strong Lehigh tradition that started 11 years ago, when professors John Smith and Kim Carrell-Smith noticed the vast number of usable items being discarded. In its first year, the sale raised $500. Last year, the sale generated $7,000 in support of area youth. Donated food items also filled the local food bank two-and-a-half times over.

“Our annual Move Out project is a wonderful opportunity for students to consider giving back to our neighbors in the surrounding community,” says Lehigh President Alice P. Gast.

Volunteers are also needed to prepare for the sale. Beginning May 4, volunteers are asked to give an hour of their time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sort and pack items at the Kenner Theater at the Ulrich Student Center. Additional volunteer times are available in the evenings and Saturdays for groups of five or more.

For more information or to volunteer for the Move Out collection drive or the Great Southside Sale, please e-mail inmove@lehigh.edu.

--Tricia Long


Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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