Auburn University students leaving the Plains after graduation will have the opportunity to donate household items to benefit the community during the 23rd annual Check-Out for Charity May 2-8. Students will try to top last year’s total of 2,368 pounds of food and 1,055 cubic yards of household items.
The event is organized by Auburn University’s Auxiliary Enterprises Property Management, which is seeking volunteers both from the campus and the community to help load trucks, especially on heavy move-out days, and other duties.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.
The household items usually consist of everything from clothing and bedding to appliances, furniture and carpet, all of which are distributed to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Salvation Army of Lee County. All food donations will be made to the local Food Bank of East Alabama, a longtime partner with Check-Out for Charity.
David Maddox, director of Auxiliary Enterprises Property Management, started the program after he observed the vast amount of usable items that were being placed in the landfill.
“The program caught on early and has grown over the years, with much of the growth directly related to the increase in the number of students housed on campus and corresponding to an increasing student interest in sustainability,” Maddox said. “I enjoy and appreciate the fact that so many students are willing to voluntarily donate the items to our charity partners with the end result being a great benefit to people in our community who are less fortunate than many of us.”