Give something, get something: Exchange your gently used clothing with Brock students

Are you tired of your current wardrobe? Do you wish that you could get some new clothing by spending little to no money at all? Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience department is giving students to option to exchange their clothes.

The department is hosting their first ever Brock Swap n’ Drop event on March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Guernsey Market.

Students will have the option of donating their gently used clothing, accessories, jewellery, shoes and other items, as well as choosing clothes to receive in return.

“For every item of clothing that students donate, they can walk away with a new item of clothing for free,” said Sarah Salt, the Student Coordinator for Community Outreach and Volunteer. “If students don’t have anything to donate, they can purchase items for two dollars an item.”

The money collected from the purchases will go to the Food Bank service provided on campus which is run through the Student Justice Centre and located at General Brock.

“We want to provide students with the opportunity to donate their own clothes but also receive clothes in an environmentally conscious way,” said Salt. “At the end of the year, we often see students [who live on campus] throw away or leave behind good quality clothing and other items that either don’t fit them anymore or that they simply don’t want.”

That being said, Salt explained that all of the donations will be checked for overall quality to make sure there aren’t any rips or stains in any of the clothing.

“We want all of the clothing to be in good quality,” said Salt. “We won’t take anything that we wouldn’t wear ourselves.”

The Student Life and Community Experience department hopes that the Brock Swap n’ Drop initiative will give students the incentive to donate their clothes while learning about eliminating waste and discovering that there are alternatives methods to just going to the mall.

“It’s a good program to get Brock students together to have fun swapping clothes and to learn about sustainable clothing options and the various community partners from the Niagara Region that we’ll be donating the remaining clothes to,” said Sarah English, the Assistant Student Coordinator for Community Outreach and Volunteer.

Students can donate as much clothing as they want, and they can only redeem up to 10 items of “new” clothing at the event.

Students are encouraged to begin bringing in their gently used clothing to the Student Life Involvement Commons (MC A204) starting on March 27. Students can also bring items to drop and swap during the day of the event.

“This is an easy opportunity for students to give back to one another while having fun,” said English. “We’ve seen this type of event be successful at other universities so we really hope that students will actively participate so that we can hopefully make this an annual program.”

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