Patriot Pack Out Helps Charities, Eases Pain of Moving

Posted: May 3, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Don’t dump it; donate it. That’s what organizers of the first annual Patriot Pack Out — a new recycling and community outreach initiative at Mason — are telling students moving out of the residence halls.

The Patriot Pack Out will be in effect from May 10 through 16 (excluding Sunday, May 13). Students are encouraged to drop off unwanted packaged food, clothing, electronics and small appliances in collection bins placed throughout residence hall areas.

The items will be donated to two local community organizations: Food for Others and United Community Ministries.

The seven designated collection areas are

  • York River Corner: in the main lobbies of Liberty Square and Potomac Heights
  • Presidents Park: in Eisenhower Hall, Room 101
  • Dominion Hall, University Commons and Commonwealth Hall: in the main lobby of Hanover Hall
  • Townhouses, Student Apartments and Patriots Village: in Student Apartment number 5, Patriots Village building 25 and Unit C of the Townhouses

“This is the first time Mason has ever organized a student move-out event,” says Traci Claar, director of community relations. “This will be an easy way for students to donate to the local community while making the moving-out process a lot easier on themselves.”

On May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., students moving out of the residence halls are invited to celebrate the end of another school year with a well-wishing summer send-off lunch with Mason administrators. The festivities will take place at Patriots Park between Eisenhower Hall and Roosevelt Hall.

Christine LaPaille, vice president of University Relations, will also be on hand to ceremoniously present the donated items to local charity representatives.

“At the end of each school year, the focus has always been solely on the graduates; everyone else just packed up and left,” Claar says. “But this will be something to mark the end of the year for all the other students.”

Organizers are looking for volunteers to join the recycling staff in picking up donated items at the various residence hall locations and transporting them to a storage trailer donated by Interstate Worldwide Relocation.

Each day there will be two shifts, each lasting no longer than two hours. Volunteers can register on the Patriot Pack Out Web site.

For more information, contact Sarah Gallagher at 703-993-8761.

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