A number of human services organizations benefited from the 9.12 tons of treasures left by students moving out of the residence halls. Clothes, shoes, food, toiletries, bedding and other household items were again donated to organizations like Purple Heart, Food Gatherers, Knit Wits, Fairy Godparents and Mott Childrens Hospital. Eyeglasses went to the Lions Clubs, books were donated to the public library, and school supplies were distributed among various nonprofits in the community.
The annual move-out program, designed to find ways to reuse and recycle what students leave behind, captured media attention this year. Recycling Coordinator Sarah Archer spent some time with USA Today Columnist Craig Wilson as he scavenged enough items to furnish an apartment living room. After a photo was taken for the Style section of the newspaper, Wilson gave all the items back to Archer for distribution to charitable groups.