Residence Hall Students Donate Unwanted Items to Support Families in Need

by News Bureau on Monday, May. 21, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 21, 2012 – The Community Caring Council (CCC) of Cape Girardeau, in cooperation with the Office of Residence Life at Southeast Missouri State University, recently collected unwanted items from residents of the residence halls as they moved back home for the summer.

Items collected included lamps, fans, clothes, shoes, mini-fridges and televisions. The collection began on May 3, and items were picked up on May 14.

The program is called “Don’t Dump, Donate” and items collected are placed at a community garage sale where all proceeds collected are used by the Community Caring Council’s family transition team. That team uses the money to assist individuals and families in meeting their unmet needs. This year’s collection yielded enough items to fill an entire box truck and the back of an additional pick-up truck. The CCC then held a garage sale May 18 at Red Star Baptist Church in the activities center.

Community Caring Council was created in 1989 and is dedicated to helping families and individuals by providing various resources including food, shelter, education, counseling and other medical needs. The “Don’t Dump, Donate” program at Southeast Missouri State began in the spring of 2006 and began as a small number of individuals that collected items on a horse trailer in the towers parking lot. The program quickly grew to include drop-off locations within each residence hall. The program usually collects between $800 -$1,000 each year.

For more information about the Community Caring Council or to get involved, visit www.communitycaringcouncil.org or call (573) 651-3747.