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UVA Encourages Students Moving Out to Donate Unwanted Items

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It's that time of year again. University of Virginia students are leaving for the summer, and that means countless couches, rugs and other things could hit the curb.

That's why UVA is again encouraging students to "chuck" their unwanted items for a good cause. The effort is called Chuck It For Charity. It's spearheaded by UVA's Office of Community Relations, to help keep student clutter from hitting the streets as the great migration from the university begins.

Zach Hendrix remembers what Charlottesville used to look like after university students packed up for the summer.

"There would be furniture left out on the sidewalk, so you would drive down Fourteenth Street and you would see random pieces of furniture that people didn't want anymore," Hendrix said.

"Dorm fridges, sometimes printers, sometimes old vacuum cleaners, rugs, sofas - sofas is a big one," said Diana Williams, UVA community outreach associate.

But in the past several years, something has changed at the university.

"Chuck It For Charity is an annual effort that the University of Virginia sponsors to encourage the repurposement of furniture and other household items for the community," Williams said.

Again this year, UVA's end-of-year effort is encouraging students on and off grounds to take the things they leave behind and give them to someone who needs them.

"To be able to reuse that furniture so it's not just left out on the curb and thrown away," Hendrix said.

The university is partnering with housing companies like Management Services Corporation to reach out to students. All donated items will go to the Salvation Army.

"Unwanted furniture will be brought down here, it's an easy way for them to technically get rid of it, but at the same time it's going to a great cause," Hendrix said.

And after years of chucking, UVA says this charitable effort has become something of a tradition.

"People definitely not only recognize the name, but they recognize what we're trying to do," Williams said.

Chuck It For Charity donations will be accepted Monday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Grand Marc, St. Edwards Court and the MSC MadHouse.

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