UVA's Hoos Reuse Campaign Donates 62,000 lbs. of Goods for Nonprofits

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Students and graduates of the University of Virginia gave a lot back to the community on their way out of Charlottesville this year.

The annual Hoos Reuse campaign gathered more than 62,000 pounds worth of furniture, clothes, electronics, and more to Goodwill alone. The annual donation drive is a chance for those leaving school to donate their gently used items to area nonprofits.

Donations for the Hoos Reuse campaign also go to support Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and other charities.

“All the nonprofits are excited to work with us,” said  UVA Community Relations Outreach Associate Lis Christlan. “We've been working with them for years and it’s a win-win in that they get goods that they can resell or repurpose in their stores, and then the students feel good that some of the things they might not need any more are going to a good home."

The program has seen steady growth, growing from almost 9,000 pounds in 2013 to 37,000 pounds in 2017.

Sustainability has been a consistent goal for the program, which began in 1999 and was formerly known as “Chuck it for Charity.” According to UVA Today, over the previous four years, the campaign has kept more than 100,000 pounds of goods out of landfills.