At the end of every school year, many students are faced with a packing dilemma. Over the course of their time living on campus, clothing and items may have accumulated that will not fit into their cars or suitcases for the journey home. Patriot Pack-out is a convenient way for students to donate unwanted clothes, small working appliances and nonperishable food to benefit local nonprofit organizations and food banks. Mason's Office of Community Relations collaborated with Facilities Management and the Office of Recycling and Waste Management to begin Patriot Pack-out in 2007. In 2012, the Virginia Recycling Association recognized the program by awarding it a Green Carpet Awared in the category of Outstanding Recycling Performance by a University.
Last year the university collected 9,542 pounds of materials. This included 1,219 pounds of food that was donated to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food to people in need in Northern Virginia. Clothing and small appliances weighing a total of 8, 323 pounds were donated to Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Falls Church whose proceeds benefit Northern Virginia Family Services.
The opportunity to participate is not limited to students. From the dates of May 11th to the 21st, faculty, and staff are invited to participate and may drive-up and drop-off their donations in Rappahannock River and Shenandoah Parking Decks. Students who reside on campus will have access to donation centers in the lobbies of their residence halls.
Community relation’s manager, Sarah Gallagher says they hope that the donations for this year will exceed last year. The donations made to Patriot Pack-out make a great difference in sustaining individuals in need throughout the summer months.
May 15, 2012