By: Elizabeth Nickerson
April 30, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--One person's trash is another person's treasure - A catch phrase Chuck it for Charity has capitalized on for five years.
Elizabeth Swiman says, the idea of taking what many would throw away and donating it instead to charity is near and dear to her heart.
"What I love most about this program is that we are able to find a second life for everything that we collect," said Elizabeth Swiman, the FSU Director of Campus Sustainability. "Every pencil, every marker, every can of food, every piece of clothing, every random thing that comes out of a residential hall room. We get to help our community in a way that not most people think of."
Bags and bags of food and clothes that were collected on the FSU campus - cover the walk way. All the goods will be given to about 20 local charities in the Big Bend area.
"Today, our first day we collected everything that was in the bins,"
said Caitlin Dejong, a FSU Student Volunteer.
Bins all around campus. FSU student volunteers weighed each item. Their goal this year: a lofty 7 to 10 tons of goods.
"We throw away a lot of things we own a lot of things that we don't realize the impact that it can have," said Arianna Cano, a FSU Student Volunteer. "So just working so these things don't end up in a landfill is a good enough cause for me to dedicate my time for it."
The goal of the program is to make sure the stuff usually thrown out after students leave college - finds its way into the hands of those in need instead.
They will be collecting donations on campus throughout the week.