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‘Pirates Treasure’ Urges Students To Donate Household Goods

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

At the end of each semester, East Carolina University students toss tons of usable household items into the Pitt County Landfill, while families across the region go without.

A new program, Pirates Treasure, seeks to bridge that gap. On ECU’s reading days, Dec. 4 and 5, students had the opportunity to donate usable household items – furniture, kitchen appliances, clothing, nonperishable food, lamps – to one of five Pirates Treasure drop-off sites in the campus area neighborhoods. The sites each housed a portable storage container from Stallings Mini-Storage.

The items were collected by God’s Love, Martin Pitt Partnership for Children and other social services groups.

“We hope this new partnership between ECU and the City of Greenville will help curb waste – in both our campus neighborhoods and in our landfills – and provide the area’s needy families with much needed items,” said Lynn Roeder, ECU’s Dean of Students, who is chairing the project.

Roeder noted that students could drop off their household items to Greenville charities at any time if they are unable to deliver their items during the dates offered by Pirates Treasure.

Cori Hines, the City of Greenville’s neighborhood liaison and ombudsman, said he was pleased the city could partner with ECU on the project.“We are committed to improving the quality of life of residents and students,” he said. “This initiative serves as testament to the strength of our commitment to all those we serve.”

For information and a map of the drop-off sites visit or call 328-2847.

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 12, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at