Texas State event makes good use of unwanted items
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Texas State students sorted through tons of items Monday as part of the annual "Pack It Up and Pass It On
Every year, the university collects unwanted items from students moving off-campus to help families in need.
On Thursday, May 20, at 7 a.m., members of the community are given admission tickets and allowed to shop for free.
Organizers said students donate practical items, but they also give away novelty items.
"We've gotten some very funny Halloween costumes, firefighter costumes, ballerinas, things like that," Texas State spokeswoman Kim Porterfield said. "We get a lot of Ramen noodles because that's what students live on."
Porterfield said they also get typical household items, such as dishes, alarm clocks and computer printers.
Last year, the event kept about 9 tons of goods from going into landfills.
Texas State works with United Way of Hays County to find people and families in need.
This year, Thursday's event is expected to see between 750 and 1,000 people.
For more information, visit TXState.edu.