LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The spring semester at Texas Tech officially came to an end Tuesday, and a number of students have spent the past few days moving out of the dorms as the buildings officially close Wednesday.
Many of those students are choosing to help a local charity as they depart for the school year. Texas Tech Student Housing teamed up with Goodwill to allow students to donate any unwanted or unused items to the charity instead of trashing them.
Robin Rainey is the CEO Of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas. “Students can leave it in their dorm lobby in a designated place. Goodwill comes and picks it up." Those items can be donated by students on campus until Saturday May 18. Goodwill is already out picking up what’s been left behind. After that, “the items are sold and benefit our mission of creating job opportunities with people with barriers to employment” said Rainey.
This is the fifth year for the partnership. Goodwill says they picked up 20 tons of donated items last year. Rainey says it's a win-win situation for both organizations. "This has been wonderful partnership. It reduces trash bill for the university, and it helps students pack up and go."
Donations like this helped more than 1,000 people on the South Plains last year. “The good sold actually help us to provide free computer classes, job search assistance, resume writing help, cover letter help and even practice on how to have a great job interview” said Rainey.
Everything collected will be divided up and sold at Lubbock’s five Goodwill locations.
For more information on Goodwill of Northwest Texas, and to find locations, visit GoodwillNWTexas.org.