Purchase College students are setting up a â€œSwap Boxâ€ program as the semester ends to collect, recycle and redistribute unused and unwanted items. Instead of tossing food, clothing, furniture and toiletries into a campus-provided dumpster, students are being encouraged to load three U-Haul trucks with their reusable items to be distributed to local charities.
From May 11-17, 12 noon-8 PM, a â€œSwap Boxâ€ will be set up at Southside in Campus Center South where students can donate any useful items and then browse and take items that have been dropped off.
This program has been organized by Dana M. Frasz, NYPIRG Program Coordinator at Purchase College. â€œWhile it may be convenient for students to discard their goods in the dumpster, it is unacceptable and demonstrating a lack of social conscience for students to be discarding such a large amount of perfectly good items when there are people who are in need of these items nearby,â€ said Ms. Frasz.
At the end of the week, any items still left will be delivered to WestHab, the Grace Church Community Center Open Arms Shelter and Samaritan House, all in White Plains, N.Y., and St. Frances AME Zion Church in Port Chester, N.Y.
Community Advisors, led by Marissa Skell of Islip, N.Y., have arranged for the trucks to be placed next to the dumpster May 15-17 to encourage students to load any usable items into the trucks rather than throw them away.
Volunteers include Juli Griek, Fairfield, Conn.; Valerie Weaver, Watervliet, N.Y.; Andrew Jones, Rochester, N.Y.; Ben Himmelfarb, Albany, N.Y.; Ann Smoler, Harrison N.Y.; Sarah Slotnick, New Paltz, N.Y.; Alicia Stychek, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Lisa Zhang, Shawn Haynes and Dan Tracy, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Caitlin Richter, Monroe, N.Y.; Ruth Kleinman, Port Washington, N.Y. and Alexandra Balfour from Wayne, Penn.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.