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Sustainability Program Benefits Women's Shelter

An Oklahoma State University organization is collecting donated items from students to sell for a discounted price next fall.

Students can donate clothing items, non-perishable food and furniture on campus through Thursday.

KOSU's Ashleigh Young reports proceeds raised go to a local battered women's shelter.  

U-Haul trailers are picking up donated items outside Kerr-Drummond Hall and the Griffith Center on the North side of Monroe from noon to 6:00 until Thursday night.

With large donations like couches and kitchen tables, Real Cowboys Pass It On has a system for students to schedule a time these items can be picked up for free.

SGA's Sustainability Chairman Jay Scudder intends for this program to help the students but also the community.

“We hope that this provides a service for campus while at the same time providing a service for the community.”

The program stores all items donated in the summer and will sell them back to students next fall.

All unsold items will be donated to Goodwill.

Scudder says buying something used and not new helps the students.

“I feel like it’s great to give every student a chance to give back to the community in this way.”

The Real Pokes Pass It On program also goes to a good cause.

SGA is donating all proceeds to Wings of Hope in Stillwater.

Wings of Hope helps stop domestic violence and creates a safe place for victims to seek empowerment.

Scudder says , “Many people have seen the amazing things that Wings of Hope does for the Stillwater community, and they intend to keep donating 100 percent of proceeds to their program."

Real Pokes Pass It On not only helps the OSU community but Stillwater as well.

Scudder believes his position helps students and teaches about the power of giving back to a community.

“It’s really just always been about helping students at the same time as reducing and reusing.”

This is why he started the Sustainability program his Freshman year and has seen it grow exponentially.

“Just saw the program grow and change a lot. I really thought that’s the direction I want to go in, and it’s led me to a lot of other opportunities. It’s really just a great chance to give back while also getting to do things I really love to do.”

The Pass it On Program started on campus 5 years ago.

Scudder says it donated around a thousand dollars each year.

Last year it was about $750.

He says he hopes to have the same or even greater success this year.

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