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Moving soon? ECU students urged to donate to Pirates Treasure project

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Nov. 10, 2009)   —   One person’s trash can become another person’s Pirates Treasure thanks to a program organized by East Carolina University and the City of Greenville.

The Pirates Treasure program, which started in December 2008, aims to curb the amount of waste left in campus neighborhoods or sent to landfills by departing ECU students.

Instead of trashing reusable items, students are encouraged to drop-off their unwanted household goods, such as furniture, kitchen appliances, clothing, nonperishable foods, lamps and more, at the Pirates Treasure donation site. From there, non-profit organizations and social services groups will distribute items to local families in need. Also the students in need of available items can visit the drop-off location and collect (free of charge) what they need.

This year, donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 3 & 4. Items should be taken to the central drop-off point, the Willis Building at the corner of First and Reade Streets in Greenville.  

“This is our second year organizing this event which is a great opportunity for students and community members to assist with the beautification of our city while helping those who need it,” said Lucia Brannon, coordinator for ECU Off-Campus Student Services.

 The program is sponsored by the City of Greenville and ECU Off-Campus Student Services in collaboration with ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center.

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Contact: Lucia Brannon or Wayne Newnam | 252-328-2847 or 737-1060