Students invited to donate second-hand items on Queen’s campus

As the university academic year winds down, with students completing their last exams and assignments, many will move out of residences and off-campus housing in Kingston. To help this process, Queen’s University is hosting the renamed Queen’s Second-Hand Shuffle, where students can drop off household items they no longer want or need, and browse what others have left to help outfit their next living space.

Previously known as the Drop or Swap, the Second-Hand Shuffle is organized by the Office of the Off-Campus Living Advisor in Student Affairs, in partnership with Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS), Queen’s Facilities Department, and other campus partners. 

According to a release from the university, the event provides an opportunity for students to donate a wide variety of household items and personal items, including furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, electronics, clothing, office supplies, linens, and non-perishable food items. All items dropped off are free to take for students and members of the community, however, the drop-off portion is only open to Queen’s students.

Queen’s said that several non-profit organizations in the Kingston community including Habitat for Humanity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Elizabeth Fry Kingston will be on site gathering items, while others will submit a ‘wish list’ to have items set aside. Donations are then free for other students, staff or community members to take, making this an impactful event for the entire community, the university said.

From April 28 to 30, 2024, students can visit the Second-Hand Shuffle at the Rideau Hall parking compound from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and give their previously loved items a new life. Members of the community can also attend the location to peruse items.

During the three-day event last year, a total of 4,818 items were collected, weighing approximately 19,600 kilograms, and 46.62 tons of CO2 emissions were successfully averted, the university shared. The value of the donated items, based on current market prices, was around $190,000.

More details are available on the Queen’s University website.

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