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Cornell seeking donations of clothing, furniture, food, and more for 11th-annual Dump & Run

9 May 2013 

For the eleventh year in a row, Cornell University's Dump & Run program will give students who are leaving campus the opportunity to donate items they no longer need, rather than discarding them. Dump & Run is seeking donations of clothing, furniture, non-perishable food, and other reusable items, through June 1st. They'll be sold in August to benefit local charities.

dump & run saleCollegetown residents packing up their apartments can bring items they no longer need to the Dump & Run collection truck in the Collegetown parking garage on Dryden Road. Look for the Finger Lakes ReUse truck with the Dump & Run banner on Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th, 11am-1:45pm.

Last year's Dump & Run collected approximately 20 tons of reusable items, keeping that material out of landfills, and raised more than $50,000 at a weekend community sale that featured clothing and jewelry, lamps and TVs, kitchenware, and furniture.

Collection bins can be found this month in all undergraduate residence halls, cooperative residences, graduate housing communities, sororities and fraternities, and community centers, and at the Vet School, Anabel Taylor Hall, Day Hall, Willard Straight Hall, and Humphreys Service Building. Volunteers will be available beginning May 14th to pick up donations off campus; arrangements may be made by e-mailing at least three days in advance.

canned non-perishable foodNearly any reusable items will be accepted, including clothing, shoes, shelving and organizing units, working appliances and electronics, sporting goods, coat hangers, new toiletries, unopened and non-perishable food, decorations, and textbooks. The program does not accept donations of mattresses, pillows, underwear, socks, or anything broken.

Students and staff volunteers collect items departing students might otherwise throw away, sort and organize them over the summer, and resell them when students return to town in August. This year's Dump & Run sale will be held during Cornell's opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th. Admission is free; the sale is open to all area residents.

Proceeds from Dump & Run this year will benefit Cops, Kids & Toys; Loaves & Fishes; Shelter Outreach Services; Greater Ithaca Activities Center; Finger Lakes ReUse; and the Cornell United Way Student Campaign. Since the program began in 2003, Cornell has contributed nearly $250,000 to Ithaca-area charities, and donated many tons of reusable goods to local human service agencies.

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