Mason Students, Staff Make Patriot Pack Out a Great Success

Posted: May 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

The first annual Patriot Pack Out — a new recycling and community outreach initiative at Mason — successfully concluded last Thursday when thousands of pounds of donated food, clothing and appliances were donated to local charities.

For an entire week, students moving out of the residence halls on Mason’s Fairfax Campus had the opportunity to give what they didn’t want — and in many cases, didn’t have room for — to such charities as Food for Others and United Community Ministries.

The students filled 126 donation barrels placed in various residence hall locations. Faculty, staff and student volunteers then carried the contents to a semi trailer, which was nearly filled when the project concluded.

Pack out crew
Mason staff volunteered for the Pack Out effort. Back row, from left: Traci Claar, Carol Swigart and Rachel Muth. Front row: Heather Hare, Catherine Probst, Dave Andrews, Sarah Gallagher and Laura Anthes.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

“It was a great success for our first year,” says Traci Claar, director of community relations at Mason. “It brought a lot of people together, working for the good of the community. We’re especially grateful for the local charities and Interstate Moving Co. for the assistance they provided; they deserve a lot of credit and praise.”

Claar says the food donations weighed in at 1,040 lbs., while the amount of clothing donations was “too great to calculate.” Many students also donated microwaves, vacuums and mini refrigerators. Others gave computers, computer chairs and even rugs.

“We hope to make this an annual tradition at Mason at the end of each spring semester,” Claar says. “We’re already looking toward next year and how we can expand to include even more student groups and local organizations.”

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