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'UDon't Need It?' project helps students, community

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4:15 p.m., May 18, 2011--The fifth annual "UDon't Need It?" campaign, which helps students dispose of items they can't take with them while also helping those less fortunate, is scheduled this year from Monday, May 23, through Saturday, June 4.

In the program, cosponsored by the city of Newark and the University, departing UD students have an opportunity to donate reusable items that they can't take with them to others in the community who are in need. 

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The "UDon't Need It?" Student Move Out site is at 225 Paper Mill Rd., the site of the former Curtis Paper Mill. 

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, May 23-26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29; closed, Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, May 31-June 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, June 3; and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 4. 

This program is for UD students only, and those participating should bring their student IDs with them. Donations can include such items as furniture, appliances, clothing, household goods, craft supplies, kitchenwares, carpets, unopened toiletries, carpets or canned goods.

Results

Since 2007, this project has made a difference in the community:

• More than 500 tons of materials have been kept out of local landfills, thanks to donations of reusable items and directed disposal and recycling efforts. 

• Approximately 200 families through a network of local charities have received donated furniture and household goods. 

• More than 2,500 pounds of nonperishable foods have been donated to the Food Bank of Delaware. 

• Approximately 7,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and bedding materials have been given to local charities. 

For more information visit, the special "UDon't Need It?" website or the city of Newark website

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